West Michigan health systems rank among top 15 in US


Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids was founded in 1846. Courtesy Spectrum Health

A pair of West Michigan health systems have been named among the top 15 in the country by an industry analyst.

Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health and St. Joseph-based Lakeland Health were named top health systems in their classes by Ann Arbor-based Truven Health Analytics, an arm of the IBM Watson Health business.

Spectrum is one of the top five Large Health Systems, with operating expenses exceeding $1.75 billion, while Lakeland is among the top five Small Health Systems, with operating expenses less than $750 million.

“The leaders of these (15) health systems are demonstrating the power of aligning best practices across multiple hospitals to achieve greater levels of efficiency, while delivering higher overall standards of care,” said Jean Chenoweth, SVP for performance improvement, Truven Health Analytics.

Truven’s “15 Top Health Systems” study takes into account survival rates, emergency department wait times and complication rates in recognizing top performing health systems.

Truven evaluated 337 health systems and 2,924 member hospitals in determining the top 15. The top systems were chosen based on overall achievement on a balanced scorecard, which takes into account inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency and patient experience.

“15 Top Health Systems”

Large Health Systems (operating expenses greater than $1.75 billion)

Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minnesota
Mercy, Chesterfield, Missouri
Scripps Health, San Diego
Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids
St. Luke’s Health System, Boise, Idaho

Medium Health Systems  (operating expenses between $750 million and $1.75 billion)

HealthPartners, Bloomington, Indiana
Kettering Health Network, Dayton, Ohio
Mercy Health Southwest Ohio Region, Cincinnati
Mission Health, Asheville, North Carolina
Parkview Health, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Small Health Systems (operating expenses less than $750 million)

Asante, Medford, Oregon
Lakeland Health, St. Joseph
Lovelace Health System, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Maury Regional Healthcare, Columbia, Tennessee
Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, South Carolina

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