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KDMC Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals Fourth Year in a Row

Thomson 100 - no yearASHLAND, KY — For the fourth consecutive year, King’s Daughters has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson®, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The award recognizes hospitals that achieve excellence five key areas:

  • quality of care
  • patient safety
  • financial performance
  • efficiency
  • growth in patient volume

KDMC is the only hospital in the region to be named among The 100 Top Hospitals. In fact, no other hospital within 100 miles of Ashland is among the 100 Top Hospitals. The medical center was selected among the nation’s top 20 “Large Community Hospitals,” a category that includes medical center with more than 250 beds.

KDMC President/CEO Fred Jackson said, “This award is a direct reflection on the coordinated work effort and work ethic of our 3,700 team members. They not only work hard to care for our patients, but they also work smart—allowing Team KDMC to consistently deliver high quality, customer-focused healthcare. Having four consecutive Thomson Top 100 awards clearly validates why we are the region’s healthcare provider of choice. We are making a difference in the health of our community.”

The 100 Top Hospitals award is not a formal competition which hospitals choose to enter. Instead, Thomson independently analyzes hospital performance across the entire organization, including contributions from medical staff, nurses and technologists, and management. Key measurements include:

  • Patient outcomes: Survival rates for all patients, plus low rates of surgical complications like infections and severe bleeding after surgery.
  • Patient safety: Avoiding unwanted events, like respiratory failure, infections, and unexpected deaths in low-risk diseases.
  • National treatment standards: A set of basic care practices that patients with heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia should receive.
  • Efficiency: Measures length of patient stay. When all parts of the hospital work together, patients return to their daily lives faster and costs are lower.
  • Financial stability: Hospital that are well-managed financially attract the best medical professionals, acquire new technology, and expand services.
  • Growth in service: Growth in the number of patients seeking treatment in inpatient, emergency department, ambulatory surgery, and outpatient services.

This recognition of clinical quality is the latest national recognition for KDMC. Other recent accolades include:

  • Named one of Fortune Magazine’s “100 Top Companies To Work For,” January 2008
  • A Finalist in the American Hospital Association’s Foster G. McGaw Prize for recognizing excellence in community service in healthcare, January 2008
  • Named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care by Thomson Healthcare for the second year in a row, November 2007
  • Ranking among the top 5 percent nationwide for cardiac surgery programs for the second year in a row, by HealthGrades, Oct. 2008
Research Highlights

The 100 Top Hospitals have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free, and attract more patients while maintaining a positive financial performance. Thomson estimates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the 100 Top Hospitals winners:

  • More than 100,000 additional patients would survive each year
  • More than 114,000 patient complications would be avoided annually
  • Expenses would decline by an aggregate $10.9 billion a year
  • The average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day

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