NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus* were this week named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Ochsner is the only hospital in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama to receive this national honor alongside institutions such as Duke University Hospital, Scott and White Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

“Offering our patients the highest quality care and best outcomes is what we strive for every day,” said Warner Thomas, President and CEO, Ochsner Health System. “This honor is especially significant because it is an external validation of the world-class care we are providing our patients, many of whom have traveled thousands of miles to receive their care at Ochsner. Being named among the Top 100 Hospitals is a mark of distinction of which we are extremely proud.”

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality; inpatient complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the fourth time Ochsner has been recognized with this honor since 2010.

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of people from across the world trust Ochsner to take care of them because of our consistently successful outcomes and national rankings such as this,” said Joseph Bisordi, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Ochsner Health System. “In 2013, we cared for patients from all 50 states and 70 different countries. I am extremely proud of our entire team who are dedicated to providing excellent patient experiences at each of our hospitals.”

For the 100 Top Hospitals® study, Truven Health researchers analyzed public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. The winning hospitals were announced in the March 3, 2014, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow — consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction, and community value at a reasonable cost,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “The majority of the 2014 award winners have produced year-to-year performance improvement, as well. This speaks to the consistent focus on excellence by the entire organization and the men and women who serve patients.”

The study shows that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:

  • Nearly 165,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • More than $5.4 billion could be saved
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.

For more information on Ochsner and its quality rankings and outcomes, please visit ochsnerquality.org.

**Ochsner’s quality metrics include data from both Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus.

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Ochsner Health System is southeast Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by nine hospitals, both owned and managed, and more than 40 health centers in Louisiana. Ochsner has been named the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 18 consecutive years and is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across eight specialty categories. Ochsner employs more than 14,000 employees, over 900 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 300 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.