LONGVIEW -- Officials at Good Shepherd Health System announced today they were named as one of the 100 Top Hospitals: 15 Top Health Systems in the January 16 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. Thomson Reuters' fourth annual list divided health systems into three size groups-large, medium, and small, based on overall operating expenses. Good Shepherd Health System was recognized in the small category with total operating expenses under $750 million. The recognition of Good Shepherd Health System on the Top 15 of Small Health Systems is for the Longview and Marshall facilities.
Thomson Reuters selected the winners from a total of 321 systems with 2,194 member hospitals and about 8 million patient discharges. Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
Good Shepherd Health System received this recognition based on several criteria. According to Thomson Reuters' analysis, the 15 Top Health Systems, in matchups with their peers, are ahead of the pack in all study comparisons including higher patient satisfaction scores as well as the following performance measures:
Better survival rates. The 15 Top systems had nearly 17% fewer deaths than expected, while non-winners had 4% more deaths than expected.
Fewer patient complications. Patients at the 15 Top systems had patient complication rates 19% lower than non-winning system hospitals.
Better long-term outcomes. Small winning systems had the lowest readmission rates.
Better adherence to accepted care protocols and patient-safety standards. The winning systems had 23% fewer adverse patient-safety events than expected, while their peers had just 2% fewer adverse events than expected.
Patients returned home sooner. Winning systems had a median average length of state of 4.7 days, compared with their peers' median of 5.1 days. Small systems in the 15 Top had the shortest average length of stay, at 4.4 days.
Better hospital experience. The 15 Top systems had a higher median Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, or HCAHPS, score than their peers. The top small systems had the highest HCAHPS scores.
"We are excited to receive this recognition as it reflects the organizations commitment to providing quality healthcare in East Texas," said Ed Banos, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Medical Center. "It is nice to be able to see how we compare favorably with other health systems both locally and across the country."
For more information on the services offered at Good Shepherd Medical Center, please contact the Healthy Hotline at (903) 315-GSHS (4747) or visit www.GoodShepherdHealth.org.