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KDMC Named Top 100 Hospital Fifth Straight Year 

Thomson-Reuters 2004-08For the fifth straight year, King’s Daughters Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by the Thomson Reuters Corporation based on its annual Benchmarks for Success study that evaluates the performances of more than 3,000 hospitals across the country. The list was released today by Thomson Reuters and is available online at King’s Daughters has been among the Top 100 Hospitals since 2004.

King’s Daughters is the only hospital in our region on the 100 Top Hospitals list, and one of only four other hospitals in Kentucky. KDMC is the only independent, non-system hospital in Kentucky to win this year. No other Kentucky hospital except one has been on the 100 Top Hospitals list for the past five consecutive years, and there has never been a West Virginia hospital on the list.

“It is exceedingly difficult to be selected as a national benchmark hospital every year, as each year new and higher standards of care are measured,” said KDMC President and CEO Fred Jackson. “Having five consecutive Thomson Top 100 awards clearly demonstrates the commitment of our 4,000 team members and medical staff in creating an organization focused on quality and value,” he said. “I am proud that we provide consistent, high quality care for the people of our community.”

Jackson said being named a 100 Top Hospital winner means:

  • The medical center provides high quality, efficient care.
  • As a major employer, the hospital is high performing and financially stable.
  • The hospital executes and measures performance to continually improve clinical quality, patient safety and efficiency of services.

According to Thomson Reuters, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those in the 100 Top Hospitals winners:

  • More than 120,000 additional patients would survive each year
  • More than 138,000 patient complications would be avoided annually
  • Healthcare expenses would decline by an aggregate $6.2 billion a year
  • The average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day

In the 100 Top winner hospitals in the large community category (in which KDMC is grouped), 95 percent of patient care is complication free. If all other large community hospitals had the same complication rates as the winners, this would mean 93 more people per hospital, on average, would be released from those hospitals each year without complications.

King’s Daughters also has been named three consecutive years (2006, 2007 and 2008) to the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® list, and also has received 5-Star ratings from the HealthGrades Corporation for its cardiac and critical care programs.

The 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks for Success and the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals are quantitative studies that use a balanced scorecard approach, based on publicly available data, to identify a set of top hospitals in the United States. The 100 Top Hospitals study focuses on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of patients. The 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study focuses on hospitals that provide a full spectrum of cardiac and vascular care.

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