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July 08, 2020

Stanford One of America’s Top Hospitals, According to IBM Watson Health and Fortune

Stanford Hospital was recognized by IBM Watson Health for its 2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list and 15 Top Health Systems award winners, naming the top-performing hospitals and health systems in the U.S. 

For the list, researchers with IBM Watson Health looked at public data for 3,134 short-term, acute care, nonfederal hospitals in the United States. The researchers analyzed Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and certain measures and patient satisfaction data from CMSHospital Compare website.

Researchers then assigned hospitals and health systems three different scores:

  • A clinical outcomes score based on six measurements, including risk-adjusted mortality and complications, health care associated infections, and 30-day mortality and readmission rates;
  • An operational efficiency score based on measurements of ED throughput, severity-adjusted length of stay, and adjusted inpatient expense per discharge; and
  • A patient experience score based on overall patient ratings from CMS’ Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) tool.

The researchers also assigned individual hospitals a financial health score based on a hospital’s adjusted operating profit margin. Health systems did not receive a financial health score.

The 15 major teaching hospitals that made the list included:

  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital (Ann Arbor, Michigan);
  • University of Utah Hospital (Salt Lake City);
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center (Chicago);
  • Evanston Hospital (Evanston, Illinois);
  • Stanford Hospital (Stanford, California);
  • UT Medical Branch at Galveston (Galveston, Texas);
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital (Falls Church, Virginia);
  • UF Health Shands Hospital (Gainesville, Florida);
  • UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica (Santa Monica, California);
  • UC Health University of Colorado Hospital (Aurora, Colorado); and
  • Froedtert Hospital (Milwaukee).

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