November 15, 1994
Media Contact:Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410) 955-5384
For the second year in a row, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation from the standpoint of clinical effectiveness, efficiency, and financial management. It is the only hospital in Maryland, Washington, D.C., or Delaware to be named to the list of top-performing hospitals. It is also the only academic medical center between Boston and Atlanta to be named in the annual benchmarking study, which is conducted by HCIA Inc. and Mercer Health Care Provider Consulting.
The authors of the study said that if all hospitals in the nation could perform at the benchmark levels achieved by Hopkins and the other 99 general acute-care institutions identified in the study, national health care expenses would decline by $21 billion. The average length of hospital stays would drop by more than a day; mortality rates would drop by 17 percent; and hospital charges would decrease by $42 billion.
The consultants said Hopkins and the other top-performing hospitals deliver "high value" to their customers through a combination of cost-effectiveness and high-quality patient outcomes. The nation's general acute-care hospitals were divided into urban, rural, non-teaching, teaching, and major teaching categories for the purposes of the study. Hopkins was ranked in the major teaching category.
"It takes managerial excellence to truly improve performance and strengthen the institution, particularly in an unfavorable environment," said George Pillari, CEO and Chairman of Baltimore- based HCIA Inc. "The management in these hospitals is to be congratulated."
For interviews with Hospital President James A. Block, M.D., or other Hopkins leaders, please call me at (410) 955-5384. For a list of the Top 100 hospitals, call Jean Chenoweth or Lori Westgate, HCIA, at (800) 568-3282.