Baystate Again Named One Of Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

SPRINGFIELD — Baystate Medical Center has again been named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals, according to a recently released study.
This marks the second time Baystate has achieved the honor. 

“Our recognition as a Top 100 hospital reflects the commitment of our medical staff and our entire health care team at Baystate to always putting the patient first and to living out our mission of improving the health of the people in our communities every day with quality and compassion,” said Baystate CEO Mark R. Tolosky.

The most recent study, the ninth 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success, was conducted by Solucient, an Evanston, Ill.-based health care information company, and is based solely on objective, quantitative performance data consistent across all U.S. hospitals. Data is analyzed in groups based on hospital size and teaching status.

The study analyzed the nation’s hospitals using empirical performance data from the Medicare MEDPAR aggregated claims database and other publicly available sources. This methodology ensures that the focus is on statistical rather than anecdotal evidence of top performance. The measures stress quality of care, efficiency of operations, and sustainability of overall performance, and are calculated for five classes of hospitals: major teaching; teaching; large community; medium community; and small community.

As an analysis to identify benchmark hospitals, the study revealed that if all U.S. acute-care hospitals were to perform at the level of the top 100, approximately 66,000 lives could be saved annually, and expenses could decline an estimated $8.9 billion, resulting in lower health care costs.

The study determined that, if all hospitals operated at the benchmark level, a patient’s average length of stay would show a decrease of more than 7{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5}. Meanwhile, the Top 100 Hospitals were found to have more successful outcomes than their peers, providing complication-free care 15{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} more often than peers and helping patients survive life-threatening illnesses nearly 13{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} more often than their peers.