Story last updated at 10/14/2009 - 1:38 pm
KETCHIKAN - PeaceHealth has been named one of the top 50 best-performing health care systems in the U.S. It is one of only two systems based in the Pacific Northwest to receive this accolade. Ketchikan General Hospital is part of this health care system based in Bellevue, Wash.
The study, commissioned and published by Modern Health magazine, is the first of its kind to analyze the relative quality and efficiency of the inpatient care of health systems as single entities.
The report, titled "The 100 Top Hospitals: Health Systems Quality/Efficiency Benchmarks Study," assessed all U.S. health systems operating two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals. Researchers evaluated 252 systems based upon five performance measures: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay and the use of evidence-based practices
The study showed that PeaceHealth hospitals have 25 percent lower mortality, 20 percent fewer medical complications, and 13 percent fewer patient safety incidents than 80 percent of the hospital systems in the U.S.