IBM Watson Health Names Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital and The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health to its 100 Top Hospitals List

Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the prestigious IBM Watson HealthTM 100 Top Hospitals® annual awards program has named Clermont Hospital and The Jewish Hospital as two of the highest performing hospitals in the nation.


This is the ninth time Clermont Hospital has earned the prestigious recognition, most of any other Greater Cincinnati-area hospital on this year’s list. This marks the second time The Jewish Hospital has earned the 100 Top Hospitals honor.


The hospital study from IBM Watson HealthTM, formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. The annual hospital study began in 1993.


The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 11 areas, addressing:

  • inpatient mortality
  • 30-day mortality rate
  • complications
  • core measures
  • 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate
  • severity-adjusted average length of stay
  • mean emergency room throughput
  • inpatient expense per discharge
  • Medicare spend per beneficiary
  • adjusted operating profit margin
  • Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance)


“It’s no small feat to earn multiple 100 Top Hospitals recognition. I thank the dedicated team at Clermont Hospital who work daily to make our patients’ lives better by providing the highest quality care,” said Ken James, Mercy Health East Market President and CEO.


“Earning a place on the 100 Top Hospitals list is a significant achievement that holds great meaning not only for the physicians, nurses and staff of The Jewish Hospital, but also for the patients we serve,” said Pat Davis-Hagens, Mercy Health Central Market President and CEO.


“Quality care provided with compassion is a Mercy Health hallmark,” said Mike Garfield, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President, Mercy Health – Cincinnati. “The 100 Top Hospitals designation complements Mercy Health’s recognition as one of the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation and further affirms our dedication to providing our community with easy access to safe, effective, timely and cost-efficient care.”


Based on the results of this year’s study, IBM Watson Health extrapolates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
  • Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days


“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare experiences of the people in their communities.”


The winning hospitals were announced in the March 5 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

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