Payson Hospital Wins Top Award

Payson Regional Medical Center scored as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation in a study done by an independent medical consulting group.


Payson Regional Medical Center scored as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation in a study done by an independent medical consulting group.


Payson Regional Medical Center has once again been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters and still a leading provider of information on the cost and quality of health care.

“To be recognized with this award is a testament to the outstanding work and commitment of our dedicated health team and the doctors in Rim Country,” said Chris Wolf, chief executive officer of PRMC.

The 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.

Payson Regional Medical Center also scored in the top 100 in 2006, 2009 and 2010. Truven has conducted the survey annually since 1993.

Only one other hospital in Arizona made it into the top 100. Having a 100 Top Hospital award-winner in the community means that:

• Patients suffer fewer complications, adverse patient safety events, deaths or readmissions.

• Patients receive more cost-efficient care.

• The hospital invests in newer technology and services the community needs.

The hospital has also been recognized for two years running as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for treatment of pneumonia and surgical care.

A 44-bed acute care hospital with 351 employees, in 2012, the hospital handled 11,479 emergency room patients, more than 2,200 inpatients, and more than 31,000 outpatient visits.

In 2012, PRMC made capital investments of more than $1.4 million with a total community benefit of approximately $38 million, said Wolf.

For the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and both core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Web site. Hospitals do not apply.

The winning hospitals were announced in the Feb. 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities — better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement health care reform,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president at Truven Health Analytics. “The key to success in a tumultuous environment is visionary leadership that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques.”

The Truven researchers concluded that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities it would:

• Save 164,000 additional lives.

• Avert 82,000 additional complications.

• Save $6 billion.

• Decrease average patient stays by half a day.

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