Mercy Health - Cincinnati is one of the Nation's 15 Top Health Systems For the Third Year Running; Parent Mercy Health in Top 20% of the Nation's Health Systems

(CINCINNATI; April 20, 2015) - Mercy Health - Cincinnati, 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 15 Top Health Systems and one of the top five medium-sized health systems in the country, based on total operating expense.

This is the third year in a row that Mercy Health - Cincinnati has earned this honor and for the second year running, it is the only Cincinnati health system that Truven named to its 15 Top Health Systems list.

Health systems do not apply and winners do not pay to market their award.

“Mercy Health – Cincinnati’s singular focus is helping our patients be well – mind, body and spirit,” said John Starcher, President and CEO, Mercy Health - Cincinnati. “That focus is paying off in healthier patients and highly engaged care teams working together in a coordinated way to provide effective, high quality care that earns high marks in patient experience and clinical outcomes. We are proud to be one of the nation’s top five health systems of our size and I extend my thanks to the physicians, nurses and care teams who made this high honor possible.”

"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 served,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions aimed at improving the cost and quality of healthcare. “These leadership teams are transforming their systems more rapidly than their peers and they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”

Truven Health Analytics also named Mercy Health - Toledo and Mercy Health, the Cincinnati and Toledo systems’ parent, top quintile top-performing health systems once again, putting them in the top 20% of the nation’s health systems. Mercy Health the parent operates 23 hospitals in Ohio and Kentucky.

The 2015 Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study analyzed data from 341 health systems and 2,841 member hospitals to identify 15 U.S. health systems that achieved superior performance based on a composite score of nine measures of care quality, patient perception of care, episode-of-illness cost and operational efficiency.

Among the key findings in the study were:
• Lower Cost per Episode: The winning 15 Top Health Systems spent seven percent less per care episode than nonwinning peer systems.
• Better Survival Rates: The winning systems also experienced 1.2 percent fewer deaths than nonwinning peer systems.
• Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 5 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
• Better Patient Safety and Core Measures Adherence: The top health systems had a 10.9 percent better patient safety performance and better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.

The only study of its kind to aggregate rigorous analysis of individual hospital performance metrics into system-level data, the Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study provides hospital administrators and boards of directors with crucial, evidence-based insights into the effectiveness of health system leadership, organizational performance and management alignment. The annual study is part of the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® program, the national standard for objective hospital quality evaluation.

To inform the study, Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website. Researchers from the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993.

The winning health systems were announced in the April 20, 2015, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at