St. Joseph’s Hospital has once again been named on the prestigious IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list. It was one of only three large community hospitals in the state to receive this recognition. In addition, St. Joseph’s Hospital was one of 15 hospitals in the United States, and only one in the South East, to earn the Everest Award, which honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.
To be considered for these recognitions, the annual 100 Top Hospitals starts with a study of more than 3,100 hospitals and incorporates independent public data, risk-adjusted and peer-reviewed methodologies, and key performance metrics. Hospitals do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to market this honor. The results go into a scorecard that evaluates hospitals on patient care and satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability, and compares them to hospitals of similar size and type. According to IBM Watson, if all hospitals in the United States achieved the benchmarks set by St. Joseph’s Hospital and other 2019 Top 100 winners:
- More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved
- More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free
- More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs would be saved
- Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days