Aspirus Wausau Hospital named to top 100
For the Wausau Times
WAUSAU – Aspirus Wausau Hospital (AWH) has been named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.
“This is ninth consecutive year AWH has been recognized with this honor as one of the top performing hospitals in the U.S. The annual list was published by Fortune,” an Aspirus release stated.
“IBM Watson Health has identified the top hospitals from a rigorous evaluation of 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the U.S. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify best practices that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.
“This year’s ranking of top hospitals also introduces a measure of hospitals’ contributions to community health with a focus on equity developed by a team of experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.”
“We are very proud to receive an honor such as this after all of the challenges we’ve faced over the past year. It demonstrates the continued great work of everyone involved in our organization,” Wausau Hospital President Jeff Wicklander. “This recognition acknowledges our dedication to ensuring residents in our community receive comprehensive and essential health care services along with excellent patient experience.”
According to IBM Watson Health, as compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals included on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators. These include survival rates, patient complications, healthcare associated infections, 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates, length of stay, throughput in emergency departments, inpatient expenses, profitability and ratings from patients.
“We are proud of all of the hospitals, health systems and their dedicated clinicians and staff included among the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals,” said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, chief health equity officer and deputy chief health officer at IBM Watson Health. “From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation. They also recognize the importance of contributing to the health of their communities and we applaud them for their programs that help provide equitable quality care and address health disparities.”
For more information, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com.