CHI Health Among Top 5 Performing Health Systems in the Country

07/14/20 News ,   CHI Health

IBM Watson Health® selected CHI Health as one of 5 Top Large Health Systems in 2020

Years of hard work, focus and commitment have led CHI Health to an accomplishment only five large health systems in the country can claim – Top Performing Health System in America. IBM Watson Health® determined its list of top health systems for 2020 by looking at more than 330 health care systems and nearly 2,500 hospitals in the country, using public data to compare clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience.

“This is national recognition that the care delivered by the caregivers of CHI Health is second to none,” said Cliff Robertson, MD, CEO, CHI Health.“ As a regional health system, CHI Health is recognized as one of the very best in the country based on performance metrics. This recognition is not a ‘reputation’ award, but driven by the performance on publicly reported cost and quality measures.”

According to IBM Watson Health, if all Medicare hospitalized patients received the same level of care as those treated at CHI Health and the other top-ranked health systems named, more than 43,000 additional lives could be saved and an additional 29,000 patients could be complication-free.

The health systems selected accomplished the following:

  • Lower inpatient mortality and fewer patient complications, considering patient severity
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Provided faster emergency care
  • Higher scores on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience

“These results did not come by chance,” said Cary Ward, MD, Chief Medical Officer, CHI Health. “These results reflect CHI Health’s attention to detail, the standards we set for hiring only the most highly qualified staff, credentialing and granting hospital privileges to only the most highly qualified physicians and the culture of safety and quality created by the leaders and employees in our organization.”

This is not the first time CHI Health has received this prestigious recognition. IBM Watson Health also selected CHI Health as a top five large health system in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

"Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time," said Kyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P., Vice President and Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health. "From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, the organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis."

For more information, visit IBM Watson Health’s website.

About CHI Health

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 14 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities, more than 150 employed physician practice locations and more than 12,000 employees in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.

In fiscal 2018, CHI Health invested more than $179.3 million back into our communities. The majority of those dollars went to caring for the poor and underserved.

CHI Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs.

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