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St. Luke’s Named One of the Nation's 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics

By Ken Dey, Notes and Announcements
April 24, 2014

Dr. Kevin Shea demonstrates some of the improvements in the surgery rooms at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center as part of an effort to eliminate infections. This week, St. Luke's Health System was named one of the nation's Top 15 Health System based on a number of factors including St. Luke's efforts at reducing infections.

Truven Health Analytics has named St. Luke’s Health System as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems.

This is the first year St. Luke’s has achieved this recognition, which is based on an evaluation of key performance and safety measures. St. Luke’s is the only Idaho health system included on the Top 15 list – a list that includes other notable health systems such as the Mayo Clinic and Advocate Health.

The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study evaluates performance in key performance eight areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care (evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), and HCAHPS patient survey score (part of a national initiative sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to measure the quality of care in hospitals).The study has been conducted annually for the past six years.

When St. Luke’s Health System CEO Dr. David C. Pate joined St. Luke’s in 2009, he set a goal for St. Luke’s to become a national quality leader by 2015.

“What is so exciting about this recognition is that this is reflective of the efforts we focus on across the system in improving the health of people in our region,” Pate said. “It’s also highly gratifying that this is a recognition of our entire health system and not just one hospital in the system.”

Pate credits the work and dedication of all St. Luke’s employees across the system in their commitment to standardize and implement evidence-based care, such as stroke care, sepsis protocols, and blood management.

Being named a Top 15 health system in the nation is a testament to the commitment of everyone at St. Luke’s who either cares directly for patients or supports those who do. I am so proud of the St. Luke’s team,” Pate said.

To compile the Top 15 list, Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.

The winning hospitals were announced in the April 21st edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community served,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Truven Health Analytics. "These systems have strong leadership and clinical excellence. And they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”

Among the key findings in the study were the following:

  • Better Survival Rates: The winning 15 top health systems experienced 2-percent fewer deaths than non-winning peer-group hospitals.
  • Lower 30-Day Mortality Rates: Winning systems’ 30-day mortality rates were lower than peer systems’, and smaller-sized winning systems outperformed their peers by the widest margin.
  • Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 3-percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.
  • Shorter Hospital Stays: Patients treated in the winning system hospitals had a median average length of stay of 4.5 days, over half a day shorter than their peers’ median of 5.0 days.
  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measure Adherence: The top health systems had 8-percent fewer adverse patient safety events than expected, given the case mix of the particular hospital, and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at


About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.