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Published on October 08, 2011

Asante Scores in Top 20

Asante, parent company of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford and Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, recently earned recognition in the 2011 Thomson Reuters Top Health Systems Study. Thomson Reuters listed Asante in the top quintile (20 percent) out of the 285 health systems in the study.

Robert Thompson, MD, Chief Quality and Medical Officer for Asante, noted that many studies and awards have recognized Asante’s two hospitals. “This shows the value of the efforts we are making to operate as a connected system, and how our strategic goals are leading us to our Vision of medical excellence.”

The only other health system in Oregon to earn this distinction was St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon.

The study included nearly every system with valid 2008 and 2009 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) and 2010 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.

  • The study measures the following:
  • Risk-adjusted mortality index
  • Risk-adjusted complications index
  • Risk-adjusted patient safety index
  • Core measures mean percent
  • 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate
  • 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate
  • Severity-adjusted average length of stay
  • Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score

“To produce consistent, strong performance across multiple hospitals, health system leaders must be providing crystal clear goals and communication as well as the means for staff to execute effectively,” said Jean Chenowith, senior vice president for performance improvement at Thomson Reuters. “These systems are positioned to continue performing well as we move further into the era of healthcare reform.”

Some of the outcomes of the study show that the top-rated health systems have better survival rates; are following accepted care protocols and patient safety standards more closely; have shorter average lengths of stay; receive higher patient satisfaction scores; show better patient outcomes including lower mortality rates and fewer complications; and are more efficient with their resources.

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