Best of the Best

Best of the Best

Hoosier Hospitals Shine on the National Stage
By Nick Dmitrovich

Indiana hospitals, and the state’s overall medical industry, stand out from the crowd in a way that almost no other state is able to do – and we’ve got more than enough proof to support that claim. Over the past few weeks, four separate studies have been released from four independent industry research organizations that each contain listings depicting the strength of Hoosier healthcare.

Each study quantifies its findings in different ways – which helps to paint the overall image of Indiana medicine as being one that shines no matter which angle you approach it from.

As we began our research for this article, we were blown away. It felt like each passing week brought about a different example of how Indiana is a national leader when it comes to healthcare. But don’t just take our word for it, let’s let the experts speak for themselves. Take a look:


Nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals” Study

Four Indiana hospitals and the state’s overall healthcare industry received accolades on Truven Health Analytics’ 2016 Top 100 Hospitals study. These honors are huge for Indiana medicine, as Truven’s methods incorporate independent public data; proprietary, risk-adjusted and peer-reviewed methodology; and key performance metrics to arrive at an objective, independent analysis of the best hospitals in the nation. The study prides itself on the fact that hospitals do not apply for consideration, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The four winning hospitals include:

  • Large Community Hospitals – Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis
  • Small Community Hospitals – Parkview Huntington Hospital
  • Medium Teaching Hospitals – Dupont Hospital – Fort Wayne
  • Teaching Hospitals – Parkview Regional Medical Center – Fort Wayne

Truven Health Analytics pointed out several key attributes that each of the top 100 hospitals have in common. Specifically, compared to their industry peers, the top 100 hospitals…

  • Had a lower mortality index, considering patient severity
  • Had fewer patient complications
  • Followed accepted care protocols
  • Had lower 30-day mortality and 30-day readmission rates
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Provided more timely emergency care
  • Kept expenses low, both in-hospital and through the aftercare process
  • Score better on patient surveys of hospital experience

“The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study sheds an important light on how the best hospitals in the country operate. These healthcare industry leaders have successfully balanced the fine line between running highly effective operations every day, and being innovative and forward-thinking in ways that grow their organizations over the short and long term,” the study said.

Also, the state of Indiana itself was given the highest possible ranking from Truven’s state level performance comparisons.

State Level Performance Comparison - Truven Health Analytics


“Top Hospitals for 2016” Study

Healthgrades America is a research organization with several offices across the country. Their methods focus on a consumer-based approach intended to provide healthcare customers with an informed decision regarding their healthcare, including information about the provider’s experience, patient satisfaction and hospital quality.

Recently, Healthgrades published its findings for its Top Hospitals for 2016 study, which is based solely on clinical quality outcomes for patients.

“These hospitals exhibit exceptional, comprehensive, and consistent quality year over year,” Healthgrades said, “Simply put, patients are more likely to have a successful treatment without major complications—and have a lower chance of dying—at America’s Best Hospitals.”

Four Indiana hospitals made the list, including:

  • Indiana University Health – Methodist Hospital – Indianapolis
    • Including: Indiana University Health – University Hospital – Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital – Lafayette
  • Franciscan St. Francis Health- Indianapolis – Indianapolis

One important fact to note is that IU Health’s Methodist Hospital and University Hospital were actually ranked among the nation’s best 50 hospitals, meaning they are in the “top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently for at least six consecutive years.”

The remaining two hospitals, Franciscan and IU Health Arnett, were noted for being in the “top 2% of hospitals in the nation for exhibiting clinical excellence for at least three consecutive years.”

Healthgrades also awarded significant titles to two different hospitals from Northwest Indiana within the Community Healthcare System, they are:

  • Community Hospital, in Munster – Named one of America’s Best Orthopedic Surgery Hospitals, 2016
  • Mary Medical Center, in Hobart – Received a 2016 Excellence Award for Pulmonary Care


“Women’s Choice Award for Patient Safety”

The Women’s Choice Awards are probably the most unique study that we’ve included in our lineup. Their organization’s mission is to serve as a resource that allows women to choose with confidence, knowing that other women across America have tried and experienced that brand or service and would highly recommend it to their family and friends. They’ve recently published data describing the best hospitals for patient safety per state in 2016.

“When facing treatment or surgery in a hospital, an important concern is that the hospital has a good record of protecting their patients from unintended problems. The Women’s Choice Award for Patient Safety identifies those hospitals that have exceptional performance in limiting a wide range of hospital associated infections, and complications from surgery and medical treatment,” Women’s Choice said.

In determining their findings, Women’s Choice based their methodology on hospital performance across eleven different safety measures, encompassing incidences of five major infections and six adverse surgical events. Some of the Indiana hospitals that made the list, in alphabetical order, include:

  • Community Hospital – Munster
  • Community Hospital East and South – both in Indianapolis
  • Community Hospital South – Indianapolis
  • Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health – Lafayette East – Lafayette
  • Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City
  • Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis Campus – Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Health Arnett – Lafayette
  • Porter Regional Hospital – Valparaiso
  • Catherine Hospital – East Chicago
  • Joseph Hospital – Kokomo


“150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare”

Patient treatment and safety is really only half of the Hoosier healthcare industry; the other half being the fact that thousands of Indiana citizens are employed by healthcare companies, making it one of the state’s largest employment categories. Fortunately, to round out our research on the state’s position as a healthcare leader, Becker’s Hospital Review, a publication by Becker’s Healthcare, released its findings on the 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare just in time for us to include it with the rest of the studies presented in our lineup.

Becker’s findings were based on nominations for companies submitted from employees themselves, and other members of the public, in addition to organizations that received national, state or local recognition previously earned for workplace excellence, as well as benefits offerings, wellness initiatives, and efforts to improve professional development, diversity and inclusion, work-life balance and a sense of community among employees.

Four Indiana medical companies made the list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare

  • Eskenazi Health – Indianapolis
  • Unity Medical and Surgical Hospital – Mishawaka
  • Evansville Surgery Center – Evansville
  • Press Ganey – South Bend

So there you have it, dear readers, four pillars of validation supporting the notion that Indiana’s healthcare industry ranks among the best in the nation. Across multiple units of measurement – patient safety, workplace environment, women’s choice, and all out best of the best – Indiana has what it takes to stand on the national stage and earn accolades along with many other healthcare giants.




Top Adult Cancer Center Hospitals in Indiana

  1. IU Health Academic Health Center – Indianapolis
  2. Vincent Hospital and Health Center – Indianapolis
  3. Mary’s Medical Center of Evansville – Evansville
  4. Clark Memorial Hospital – Jeffersonville
  5. Community Hospital – Munster
  6. Community Hospital North – Indianapolis
  7. Deaconess Hospital – Evansville
  8. Elkhart General Hospital – Elkhart
  9. Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services – New Albany
  10. Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis

Source: U.S. News Health

Best Heart Care Hospitals in Indiana

  • Columbus Regional Hospital – Columbus
  • Community Hospital – Munster
  • Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services – New Albany
  • Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indianapolis Campus – Indianapolis
  • Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital – Bloomington
  • Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital – Indianapolis
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center – Fort Wayne
  • Catherine Hospital – East Chicago
  • Vincent Heart Center of Indiana – Indianapolis
  • Mary Medical Center – Hobart
  • Union Hospital – Terre Haute

Source: Women’s Choice Awards

Noteworthy Specialties – Spine, Knee & Hand

  • Two Indiana facilities made Becker’s list of the 25 Best Knee Surgeons in the U.S. –
    • Cartilage Restoration Center of Indiana, Indianapolis
    • OrthoIndy, Indianapolis
  • Indiana Orthopedic Hospital, in Indianapolis, made Becker’s list of the 40 Best Hospitals with Orthopedic and Spine Programs.
  • The following four hospitals each contain specialists from Becker’s listing of 45 Hand Surgeons to Know:
    • OrthoIndy, Indianapolis
    • South Bend Orthopaedics, South Bend
    • Indiana Hand and Shoulder Center, Indianapolis
    • Methodist Sports Medicine/The Orthopedic Specialists, Indianapolis

Source: Becker’s Hospital Review



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