Redding, CA., Jan. 16, 2012 – Thomson Reuters, the world’s
leading source of information, today recognized Prime Healthcare Services
as one of the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation based on quality of
care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. This is the second time in
four years that Prime Healthcare has earned thenational distinction. Prime
Healthcare was recognized as a Top 10 Health System in 2009 by Thomson
Reuters in its first-ever landmark study of health systems based on quality
and efficiency. Prime Healthcare is the only health system to receive
this coveted recognition on the West Coast.
According to Thomson Reuters, compared to its peers, Prime Healthcare saved
more lives, caused fewer patient complications, made fewer medical errors,
followed recommended standards of care more closely, released patients
half a day sooner on average and scored better on patient satisfaction surveys.
“We are extraordinarily proud that our hospital represents as part
of Prime Healthcare the highest very quality standards. The physicians
and employees here are really dedicated,” said, Randall Hempling,
CEO of Shasta Regional Medical Center.
Among 321 health systems, 2,194 hospitals and over 8 million patient discharges
included in the study, Prime Healthcare was among those that had a 24.4
percent lower mortality than was expected, 14.5 percent fewer medical
complications, 31.7 percent fewer adverse patient safety incidents, the
lowest readmission rates and higher percentage of patients who reported
having a better overall hospital experience than comparable hospitals.
Prime Healthcare ranked higher than the other 21 health systems in California
and the more than 30 other health systems on the West Coast.
“Selection for the 15 Top Health Systems award is based solely on
unbiased statistical results,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice
president of performance improvement at Thomson Reuters. “Because
we rely on objective measurement derived from public data and peer-reviewed
methods, health systems may not apply or pay for consideration in this
Prime Healthcare’s hospitals were recognized numerous times in the
past by various renowned national benchmarking organizations for their
quality and efficiency of patient care. The independent Thomson Reuters
15 Top Health Systems recognition is the only study of its kind that aggregates
individual hospital performance into system-level data across the nation.
“This prestigious recognition speaks volumes of Prime Healthcare’s
commitment to its core values of quality and cost-effectiveness of health
care delivery, bending the cost curve in these times of rapidly evolving
healthcare reform across the nation,” said Prem Reddy, MD, FACC,
FCCP, Founder and Chairman of Prime Healthcare Services.
The published study that is based on Medicare data of 2009, 2010 and 2011
takes into consideration 12 patient care metrics. Prime Healthcare was
the largest system with thirteen hospitals compared to the peer group
of two to five hospitals in the study, which underscores its system-wide
implementation and adherence to the bestpractice guidelines of quality
“We congratulate the physicians, nurses and all the staff for putting
Prime Healthcare on the top of the chart,” said Lex Reddy, President
and Chief Executive Officer