St. Luke’s is young as far as health systems go. We just celebrated our sixth birthday.
And we are considered medium-sized according to criteria set by Thomson Reuters, the firm that ranks health systems.
From among the 321 health care systems across the United States, St. Luke’s was selected as one of the top 50, and we were one of the top 21 of 103 total medium-sized health systems. We don’t know our exact rankings within those two categories.
The criteria used to select the top 50 included performance as measured by:
Thomson Reuters, which is now Truven Health Analytics, just released Hospital System Membership and Performance, a study conducted to try to answer whether hospitals perform better as a member of a health system or independently.
“Hospitals that are part of systems not only provide more cost-efficient care, but they also deliver a higher quality of care,” Modern Healthcare reported in its June 18 edition.
There are many reasons why hospitals may perform better when they are part of a health system, and we have certainly seen this to be the case here at St. Luke’s. Among those reasons:
Our journey is to not only be the leader in quality and safety, but to transform health care so that we promote health and lower the total cost for people in all the communities we serve.
Congratulations to each of you. I’m always grateful for all that St. Luke’s physicians, employees, volunteers, board members, and friends do every day to help our vision come to fruition. Our patients, their families, and caregivers are an especially important part of this transformation, and I’m also thankful for the support we receive from all of you.
We are well on our way, given such a short time. What an amazing journey, and I thank you. More importantly, our patients and the families of all those patients thank you!
David C. Pate, M.D., J.D., is president and CEO of St. Luke's Health System, based in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Pate joined the System in 2009. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center.