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KDMC Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals for Third Consecutive Year

Solucient National 2006ASHLAND, KY — For the third consecutive year, King’s Daughters has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Solucient®, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The award recognizes hospitals that achieve excellence in quality of care, patient safety, financial performance, efficiency, and growth in patient volume.

KDMC is the only hospital in the Tri-State to be named among Solucient’s 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.

“The Solucient Top 100 Hospitals award clearly validates the high-quality care we provide every day. Earning the award for three consecutive years is a very impressive trend that has not been duplicated by many other organizations,” says KDMC president/CEO Fred L. Jackson. “This achievement is a direct reflection of the cooperation between our physicians, nurses and support teams.”

“We understand that healthcare consumers have choices, and we are proud to provide the very best care for our communities,” he continues.

The 100 Top Hospitals award is not a formal competition in which hospitals choose to enter. Instead, Solucient 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.

Research Highlights

The 2006 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study appears in the March 12 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. This complete list also is available online at Key findings of the study include:

  • If all hospitals performed like the 100 Top Hospitals, more than 100,000 additional patients could survive each year, and an additional 114,000 could avoid complications.

  • If all hospitals performed like the 100 Top Hospitals, expenses would decline by nearly $11 billion a year, and the average patient stay would decrease by more than half a day.

  • With 25 percent higher admissions per bed, Top 100 Hospitals treated more patients than non-winning hospitals and also treated patients who were sicker and required more complex treatment.

  • The 100 Top Hospitals facilities spent an average of 12 percent less, per discharge, than peer hospitals.

  • Median total profit margin at 100 Top Hospitals was nearly three times the median of peer hospitals.

  • Salaries and benefits were $3,200 more a year per full-time staff member at benchmark hospitals.

To learn more about the 100 Top Hospitals award, please visit

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