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Poudre Valley Hospital named to 100 Top Hospitals list once again

It’s the eighth time since 2001 Truven Health has recognized PVH for organizational performance, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.

Contact: Gary Kimsey | 970-495-7427

Fort Collins, Colo. (Feb. 25, 2013) Poudre Valley Hospital has again been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, the nation’s leading independent organization that evaluates the performance of 3,000 U.S. hospitals.

It’s the eighth year since 2001 that the 270-bed hospital in Fort Collins made the annual list of top hospitals, which was released Feb. 25. PVH is a regional hospital in Fort Collins, Colo., that provides care to patients throughout northern Colorado, Wyoming and southwestern Nebraska.

Truven, formerly called Thomson Reuters Healthcare, derived the 100 Top Hospital list from its annual study of hospitals’ overall organizational performance, including patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.

Jean Chenoweth, Truven’s senior vice president of performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program, said PVH is more likely than other hospitals “to have systems to safeguard patients from medical errors, provide treatments proven to get results and deliver effective care at reasonable cost.”

PVH is also a financially stable employer with high scores in patient perception of care, Chenoweth wrote in a pre-announcement letter to PVH president and CEO Kevin Unger. “Your hospital is a reliable provider of high value and effective care to patients and the whole community,” Chenoweth wrote.

Unger said the repeated 100 Top Hospital awards for PVH, part of the University of Colorado Health system, signify that “employees, physicians and volunteers have patient safety, quality care and customer service constantly in their minds.”

“In many cases, hospitals may shine in one or two areas,” Unger said, “but our staff is committed to shine in all areas and maintain top performance in patient care as the guiding rule.”

According to Truven, if all hospitals performed at the same level as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Nearly 82,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • $6 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Truven, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., uses objective research and independent public data to conduct its study, which compares hospitals only against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status, Chenoweth said.

Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market their inclusion on the 100 Top Hospitals list, she noted.

More information about the 100 Top Hospitals can be found at Truven’s and, where Modern Healthcare magazine will publish information in its issue this week.

Key performance indicators used by Truven in its analysis include:

  • Risk-adjusted mortality index.
  • Risk-adjusted complications index.
  • Risk-adjusted patient safety index.
  • Core measures score.
  • 30-day mortality rate.
  • 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate.
  • Severity-adjusted average length of stay.
  • Case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per adjusted discharge.
  • Profitability (operating profit margin).
  • HCAHPS score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).

Data sources used in Truven’s analysis include:

  • Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR), 2010 and 2011.
  • Medicare Cost Report, 2010.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare, 2008-2011.

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 RockiesColorado 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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