New reform-minded hospital ratings system recognizes 27 Minnesota hospitals for positive performance

December 11, 2011
iVantage Health

Similar study recognizes 10 Minnesota CAH hospitals for top performance

Twenty-seven Minnesota hospitals were recognized for their positive performance in a new national hospital ratings system that “addresses the new challenges created by health-care reform,” the company that issued the ratings said.

The Hospital Strength Index, launched in September by iVantage Health Analytics, includes U.S. acute-care hospitals as well as traditionally unrated rural and critical-access hospitals.

iVantage Health Analytics is a business intelligence and technology company based in Portland, Maine. The index is designed to measure each hospital’s performance as it begins implementing mandates of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.TM The standard measures performance across 56 different metrics concerning hospitals’ strength in the market, in their finances and their overall value. Hospitals in the top quartile earned “HealthStrong Awards.”

Minnesota HealthStrong HospitalsTM (top quartile for all U.S. hospitals):Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Buffalo Hospital
  • Cambridge Medical Center
  • Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria
  • Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd
  • Fairview Lakes Medical Center, Wyoming
  • Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton
  • Fairview Red Wing Medical Center
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville
  • Hutchinson Area Health Care
  • Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls
  • LakeWood Health Center, Baudette
  • Mayo Clinic ” Methodist Hospital, Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic ” Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic Health System ” Austin
  • Mayo Clinic Health System ” Albert Lea
  • Mayo Clinic Health System ” Mankato
  • Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids
  • New Ulm Medical Center
  • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park
  • Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee
  • St. John’s Hospital, Maplewood
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minneapolis
  • Winona Health Services
  • Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury

Minnesota CAH top performers

Also in September, under a partnership with the nonprofit National Rural Health Association, iVantage Health Analytics released a list of the “Top Critical-Access Hospitals” in the country.

The list included the following 10 Minnesota organizations:

  • Johnson Memorial Health Services, Dawson
  • LakeWood Health Center, Baudette
  • Mayo Clinic Health System ” New Prague
  • Mayo Clinic Health System ” Springfield
  • New Ulm Medical Center
  • Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin
  • Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Wabasha
  • St. Gabriel’s Hospital, Little Falls
  • Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth

New Ulm Medical Center was named to both lists.

More information can be found atTM www.HospitalStrengthIndex.comTM andTM here.

Republished with permission from the Minnesota Hospital Association.