Mercy Health is one of the Nation's Top 15 Health Systems Again

(CINCINNATI; April 21, 2014) - Mercy Health, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Truven Health Analytics has once again named it one of the nation’s Top 15 health systems. This is the second year in a row that Mercy Health has earned this honor and Mercy Health is the only Cincinnati health system that Truven named to its Top 15 list. Mercy Health appears as one of five medium-sized health systems on the list, based on operating expense. Health systems do not apply and winners do not pay to market their award.

Truven Health Analytics named Catholic Health Partners, Mercy Health’s parent organization, a top quintile top-performing large health system.

“Over the past year, we have been on a journey to transform the way we deliver care. Our primary goal is to deliver value to our patients, partnering with them to understand their health goals and giving them the tools and support they need to reach them,” said Yousuf J. Ahmad, Market President and CEO of Mercy Health.

“Our focus is paying off in healthier patients and highly engaged care teams. Objective organizations like Truven have noticed our efforts, awarding us based on the quality of care we provide. I am proud of the integrated, comprehensive care we provide to our patients and the engagement between our employees, physicians and community that makes providing the best possible care a reality. I thank my predecessor James May, now Chief Operating Officer at Catholic Health Partners, for the excellent foundation he created to help Mercy Health successfully meet the challenges of a changing healthcare environment,” added Ahmad.

"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community they serve,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® programs at Truven Health Analytics. "These systems have strong leadership and clinical excellence. And they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”

The 15 Top Health Systems study is part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. Researchers from the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals® program analyzed the clinical quality and efficiency of more than 300 health systems to identify the Top 15. This annual, quantitative study uses objective, independent research and public data sources. It relied on public data from the 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, CMS Hospital Compare dataset from 2013 and other data sources.

Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems study identifies the five best small, medium and large health systems in the nation based on performance in eight key areas, including:
• mortality
• medical complications
• patient safety
• average length of stay
• 30-day mortality rate
• 30-day readmission rate
• adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
• HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals)

The winners of the 15 Top Health Systems award outperformed their peers in a number of ways, including:
• Better Survival Rates: The winning 15 top health systems experienced 2-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 smaller-sized 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 4.5 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.0 days
• Better Patient Safety and Core Measure Adherence: The top health systems had eight 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

In addition, again this year, Truven Health research shows that hospitals that are health system members are about 125 percent more likely to be 100 Top Hospitals study winners than hospitals that are not a part of a system. Earlier this year, Truven named Mercy Health – Anderson and Fairfield Hospitals to its 100 Top Hospitals list. Mercy Health hospitals have earned national Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals honors more times than all other Cincinnati hospitals combined, placing them among the best hospitals in the nation.

Truven Health Analytics was formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters and is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

Mercy Health makes advanced, compassionate, quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit. Mercy Health has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years. Mercy Health provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 140 locations across the region. The Mercy Health network of care includes five award-winning hospitals, senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. Mercy Health hospitals have earned national Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals honors more times than all other Cincinnati hospitals combined, placing them among the best hospitals in the nation. Truven has also named Mercy Health as one of the nation’s Top 15 health systems two years in a row. Mercy Health is the only health system in Cincinnati to earn this honor. Mercy Health is part of Catholic Health Partners - the largest health system in Ohio and fourth largest employer. To learn more visit, and engage in the conversation via Mercy Health’s social media channels (@mercy_health on Twitter and Mercy Health on Facebook).