Affinity Health System receives two national rankings
Menasha-based health system named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems and listed among top 100 integrated health networks
01 / 27 / 2012
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
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MENASHA, Wis. - Affinity Health System has once again been ranked among the nation’s top health systems, according to two national health care rankings.
For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. Thomson Reuters’ fourth annual 100 Top Hospitals: Health System Benchmarks Study evaluated 321 health systems on measures of clinical quality and efficiency. The study was released exclusively to Modern Healthcare and the top 64 health systems represent the top 20 percent of the systems studied. Affinity is one of only two health systems in the state to be included in this ranking. Affinity is the only Wisconsin health system to be recognized among the nation’s best for each of the last four years.
To be included in the study, systems had to have at least two acute-care hospitals with a minimum of 25 beds each. The systems were ranked on eight measures of clinical quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction including: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality and readmission rates, use of evidence-based practices and patient survey data.
Affinity has also been named to the SDI IHN (integrated health network) Top 100 Survey for the tenth consecutive year. This ranking recognizes the 100 most integrated networks nationwide, graded annually on operations, quality, scope of services and efficiency.
The SDI IHN 100 survey program invites hundreds of health systems from across the nation to submit survey case presentations in eight areas including: integration, outpatient utilization, integrated technology, financial stability, services and access, contract capabilities, hospital utilization and physicians. Health systems are graded on performance levels in each category, which are weighted in value, resulting in overall score and placement in the ranking.
"These national recognitions exemplify the outstanding work that is happening every day throughout Affinity Health System," said Daniel E. Neufelder, president and CEO, Affinity Health System. "Our more than 4,000 employees work extremely hard to ensure all who come through our doors receive high quality, personalized care."
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.