For the second year in a row, Lawrence Memorial Hospital has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the country by a leading health care information company.
When Truven Health Analytics announced its list of the top performing hospitals in America on Monday, LMH officials were excited to find their hospital on it.
"Just as last year, it validates the high standards that we set for ourselves at LMH," said hospital CEO Gene Meyer. "We were so pleased to receive it in 2013, and the pressure to repeat in 2014 was high."
Truven scores 2,803 short-term, acute-care hospitals based on several performance measures, from patient outcomes to finance. It then picks the top 20 in five categories (major teaching hospitals, teaching hospitals, and large, medium and small community hospitals; LMH is considered medium) to make up the 100 winners. No other hospitals in Kansas or the Kansas City metropolitan area made this year's list.
Truven uses publicly reported information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to analyze 10 categories: mortality, inpatient complications, patient safety, average patient stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and re-admission rates for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. The study is in its 21st year. Hospitals don't apply for the award or have to pay to market the recognition.
"We think it's a very objective view of how hospitals in our country are performing," Meyer said, noting that LMH uses the data from the study to make improvements. He added that while two years in a row isn't quite the 10 consecutive Big 12 titles that Kansas University basketball has won, there's still time.