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Sacred Heart Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters
Posted: 4/24/2012

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. – Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast was this week named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

“To be named among the 100 Top Hospitals for a second time with only nine years of operation is an incredible accomplishment,” Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, said. “I thank our associates, medical staff, Board of Trustees, volunteers, our community and the entire Sacred Heart Health System for their dedication, vision, and support to make this another successful step in our healthcare journey,”

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993. This is the second time Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast has been recognized with this honor.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a 58-bed hospital located just east of Destin in Miramar Beach. Since opening its doors to patient care in January 2003, the not-for-profit hospital has grown steadily and continues to fulfill its mission to improve the health of the community at large, with special attention to service of the poor. The hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters in 2008 and received the Summit Award from Press Ganey Associates in 2009 and 2010 for maintaining the highest level of patient satisfaction. Most recently, the hospital was named among the 2011 Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience by WomenCertified.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,886 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used 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. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the April 16 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year, the concentration of 100 Top Hospitals award winners has shifted significantly, with Texas, Florida, and California housing the most winners,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Thomson Reuters. ”A major change in performance geographically is an encouraging indication that the bar for quality care has been raised once again.”

Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar high-volume hospitals that were not winners, Thomson Reuters found that if all hospitals performed at the level of this year’s winners:


  • More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Analysis was based on the Medicare patients included in this study. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

For more information about the 100 Top Hospitals® study, visit www.100tophospitals.com. For more information about Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, call (850) 278-3600 or visit www.sacredheartemerald.org.
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