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Samaritan Among Nation's Top-performing Hospitals

Samaritan Health Services was recently ranked among the nation’s top-performing health systems based on an independent analysis of publicly-reported quality and outcome measures for Medicare patients.

The analysis was released in late April by Truven Health, a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. It showed that Samaritan was ranked in the top 20 percent of the nation’s 115 medium-sized health systems. Only two other Oregon health systems made the list.

The rankings are based on data from 2015 and the five-year rate of improvement (from 2011 through 2015) in nine publicly-reported categories including inpatient deaths and rates of complications, average length of stay, readmission rates within 30 days of discharge, emergency Department wait times, outcome data for conditions including stroke and blood clot prevention, overall cost of care and overall patient satisfaction.

“This independent analysis affirms our efforts to enhance quality and clinical outcomes while also containing costs,” Samaritan President/CEO Larry Mullins said. “Our patients are the real beneficiaries of this hard work, which will continue as we strive to do even better.”

Mullins credited Samaritan’s Quality Council and its ongoing tracking of quality and outcome data for both inpatient and physician clinic services, and its focused efforts on areas needing improvement.

In a statement announcing its findings, Truven Health said the goal of its annual analysis is to “provide health care executives and boards with evidence-based insights into the effectiveness of health system leadership, organizational performance and system-wide alignment.”

The rankings were published in the April 24 issue of Modern Healthcare, a weekly news magazine.

Samaritan Health Services comprises hospitals, physician clinics and health plans serving Benton, Lincoln and Linn counties.