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PVHS among top 15 health systems in the nation


For immediate release: April 15, 2013

Gary Kimsey, 970.495.7427,

PVHS named among nation's top 15 health systems 

For the second year in a row, Poudre Valley Health System—now part of University of Colorado Health—was named April 15 as one of the nation’s 15 top health systems for clinical outcomes, performance, improvement, quality, efficiency and patient perception of care.

The designation by Truven Health Analytics means Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins; Medical Center of the Rockies, Loveland; and related medical services in Greeley and elsewhere in northern Colorado provided better patient survival rates, lower mortality rates, fewer complications that arise during patient care, shorter hospital stays for patients, better patient safety, and fewer adverse safety events.

Truven, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., and formerly the health-care business of Thomson Reuters, named the 15 best performing health systems in its fifth annual study that identified the top U.S. health systems based on balanced system-wide clinical performance.

“The health systems honored in this study are creating a culture of quality care and realizing improved outcomes,” said Mike Boswood, Truven’s CEO.

Kevin Unger, PVH president and CEO, said the Top 15 designation from Truven results directly from the commitment of physicians, staff and volunteers to achieve high quality. “Their efforts are what make us a great health-care provider,” he said.

George Hayes, MCR president and CEO, said the work force has developed a culture in the last decade that calls for “extremely close attention to the critical details of patient care.”

“This has greatly contributed to our outstanding success in patient care,” he said.

The Truven study culled data from more than 300 health systems and 2,200 member hospitals, and singled out the top 15 systems that achieve superior clinical outcomes based on a composite score of eight measures of quality, patient perception of care and efficiency, stated the Truven press announcement.

Truven collected data for its study in 2010 and 2011 when Poudre Valley Health System was still an operating entity and had yet to create--with the University of Colorado Hospital--the University of Colorado Health.

The study relied on publicly available data from Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR), CMS Hospital Compare data sets and the 2011 Medicare Cost Report. The MedPAR dataset contained information on the approximately 14 million Medicare patients discharged annually from U.S. acute-care hospitals.

Among the study’s key findings for the top 15 health systems:

  • Better survival rates: The 15 top health systems experienced 3.4 percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer-group hospitals.
  • Lower 30-day mortality rates: Winning systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems’, and small winning systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.
  • Fewer complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 3 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
  • Shorter hospital stays: Patients treated in the winning system hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.49 days, more than half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.06 days.
  • Better patient safety and core measure adherence: The 15 top health systems had 7 percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital, and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.
Now part of University of Colorado Health
Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies and other northern Colorado services that once comprised Poudre Valley Health System are now part of University of Colorado Health. The transformation occurred in 2012 when PVHS and University of Colorado Hospital created University of Colorado Health.
The data reviewed by Truven was collected during the time when PVHS was still the operating entity, said Rulon Stacey, University of Colorado Health president and former PVHS president and CEO.
“In the future, the PVHS designation will not be used since the former Poudre Valley Health System is now a part of University of Colorado Health, the state’s newest and most innovative health system,” he said.

During its last year as an operating entity, PVHS was designated as one of the top 15 health systems in the country and was the recipient of the Rocky Mountain Performance Excellence Peak Award, Colorado's highest Malcolm Baldrige criteria award. PVHS remains the only organizaton to receive the Baldrige designation more than once, and the 2012 designation was its third. PVHS received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2008.

In February 2013, PVH was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, the eighth time since 2001 that the 270-bed hospital made the annual list.


About University of Colorado Health

University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Health System,Poudre Valley HospitalMedical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group (formerly Poudre Valley Medical Group), and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to building a healthier community and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation. 

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