Ochsner Named Among Top 100 Hospitals® by IBM Watson Health™

NEW ORLEANS, La. Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Baptist Medical Center*, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus** and Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge have been named to IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals®, an annual study identifying top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on overall organizational performance. Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Baptist and Ochsner West Bank are also among the 15 U.S. Major Teaching Hospitals included in the study, and Ochsner Baton Rouge is included in the 20 U.S. Medium Community Hospitals list.

Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, the study highlights the best-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. It has been conducted annually since 1993.

“It is an honor to be recognized as one of the 100 top hospitals in the country by IBM Watson Health,” said Robert Wolterman, CEO, Ochsner Medical Center - Jefferson Highway. “This award serves as a testament to our mission— striving to serve, heal, lead, educate and innovate in our daily practice. Our physicians and employees are relentless in providing our patients with the exceptional and compassionate care.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 2,740 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. All research was based on the following public data sets: 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. Hospitals do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

Overall, the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study found that the top-performing hospitals in the country achieved better risk-adjusted outcomes while maintaining both a lower average cost per beneficiary and higher profit margin than non-winning peer group hospitals.

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals winners outperformed peer group hospitals on all 11 clinical and operational performance benchmarks evaluated in the study: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary index, adjusted operating profit margin, and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).

For patient appointments at any Ochsner locations, call 866-624-7637 or visit www.ochsner.org/. Online appointments can be made through the MyOchsner patient portal or by clicking Online Appointments.

For more information and a complete list of award winners, visit www.100tophospitals.com. Winners cannot and do not pay for inclusion.

* Ochsner Baptist – A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center

**Ochsner’s quality metrics include data from Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist – a Campus of Ochsner Medical Center.


About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,200 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit www.ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program
The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals, formerly the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals, program uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for under clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business. Visit www.100tophospitals.com for more information.

About IBM Watson Health
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. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world's biggest healthcare challenges including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more at www.ibm.com/watson/health.

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