Edward-Elmhurst named one of top health systems in the country — why should you care?

July 06, 2020 | by Edward-Elmhurst Health
Categories: Healthy Driven Life

For the second year in a row, IBM Watson Health™ ranked Edward-Elmhurst Health among the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation, recognition based on publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

The organization, partnered with Fortune Magazine, also ranked Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital among the 100 Top Hospitals in the country.

Who is IBM Watson Health and what data did they use?

More importantly, what should these honors mean to you?

First, Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health.

As part of its data analysis, Watson Health conducts three major studies of hospitals and health systems each year: 100 Top Hospitals, 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals and 15 Top Health Systems.

Watson Health pulls information from public data sources (such as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare) and uses it to evaluate hospital and health system performance.

The public data they analyze includes categories such as how safe the hospital is, how long patients wait in the ER for care, how long patients stay in the hospital, and overall patient experience, among others.

15 Top Health Systems

The 15 Top Health Systems are the top-performing health systems in the country, based on the data and patient ratings. This year, IBM Watson Health evaluated 332 health systems. From that evaluation, they chose the top 15.

The 15 Top Health Systems:

  • Had fewer people die in the hospital and had fewer patient health complications
  • Had fewer people contract infections while they were hospitalized
  • Had fewer people readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days after they were discharged
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Provided faster emergency care
  • Scored higher on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience

100 Top Hospitals

IBM Watson Health identified the 100 Top Hospitals across the country following a rigorous evaluation of 3,134 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the U.S. Compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators.

The 100 Top Hospitals:

  • Had fewer patient complications
  • Had fewer patients contract infections in the hospital
  • Had lower 30-day mortality rates and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Received higher ratings from patients

The 100 Top Hospitals study has been conducted annually since 1993. Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals are two of only seven Illinois hospitals to make the list. Edward Hospital was previously recognized as a 100 Top Hospital in 2011, 2016 and 2018. This is the first time Elmhurst Hospital has been honored.

15 cardiac awards and achievements

Edward-Elmhurst Health was also recognized as a national leader in cardiac care and cardiac surgery in 2020, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. The health system earned 15 cardiac awards and achievements. Among these national awards:

  • Edward Hospital received Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac CareTM (2014-2020) and America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac SurgeryTM (2020).
  • Elmhurst Hospital received Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence AwardTM and Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM, making it one of the top 10% nationally in these specialty areas.

Edward-Elmhurst Health has been working hard to provide the best care and the safest, most seamless, personalized experience for our patients. We’re proud to say our hard work has been recognized and is paying off — for you.


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