For the second time in four years, Payson Regional Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals.
“To be recognized for this award for the second time is a testament to the outstanding work and commitment of our dedicated health team and the doctors in our community,” said Chris Wolf, PRMC chief executive officer.
PRMC is one of only three Arizona hospitals recognized with the distinction. Other hospitals include University Medical Center in Tucson and Scottsdale Healthcare Shea.
PRMC is recognized as having achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency. PRMC was previously recognized as a Top 100 Hospital in 2006.
Thomson Reuters, a provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care, named PRMC a top hospital based on an annual quantitative study that evaluates hospitals against similar hospitals, in terms of size and teaching status.
Having a 100 Top Hospital award-winner in the community means patients are less likely to have complications, die unnecessarily, or be readmitted, according to Thomson Reuters. Additionally, patients are more likely to receive care efficiently at a reasonable cost and the community can rely on the hospital as a major employer that continues to invest in newer technologies and services.
PRMC is a 44-bed acute care hospital with 322 employees. In 2009, the hospital treated 10,462 emergency room patients, 2,727 inpatients, had 35,371 outpatient visits with the medical clinics treating 26,293 people.
In 2009, PRMC made capital investments of $5,076,567 with a total community benefit of approximately $29,538,661. According to the Thomson Reuters Web site, 107,500 more lives would be saved, nearly 132,000 patient complications would be avoided and expenses would decline $5.9 billion a year, if all hospitals performed at the level of the 100 Top Hospitals.