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Kalispell Regional Medical Center named among 100 Top Hospitals


IBM Watson Health™ today published its 100 Top Hospitals® annual study identifying top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on overall organizational performance. Kalispell Regional Medical Center was the only hospital in Montana to receive this prestigious honor.

This study spotlights the best-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. It has been conducted annually since 1993.

The program uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for under clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business.

“We are thrilled that Kalispell Regional Medical Center was named a 100 Top Hospital,” said Pamela Robertson, president and CEO of Kalispell Regional Healthcare. “This study recognizes that we have clearly demonstrated excellence in care, efficiency and community value. I am incredibly proud of our leadership, medical staff and employees – together as a team – who have met national benchmarks for the highest-balanced performance in the U.S.”

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals winners outperformed peer group hospitals on all 11 clinical and operational performance benchmarks evaluated in the study. Extrapolating the results of this year's study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.
  • Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 2,740 short-term, acute care, nonfederal hospitals. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while reducing costs,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for health care in the U.S. and improve the health care experiences of the people in their communities.”

For more information and a full list of the winning hospitals by category, visit 100tophospitals.com.