2 local hospitals named in IBM Watson top 100

St. Clair Hospital and West Penn Hospital have been named among a prestigious ranking of top-performing hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

They were the only two hospitals named in the Pittsburgh region and two of four hospitals in the entire commonwealth. Fortune/IBM Watson Health’s 100 Top Hospitals list takes into account clinical outcomes, financial health and patient satisfaction across 3,134 hospitals in the United States.

St. Clair was named among large community hospitals in the country and West Penn Hospital as teaching hospitals in the nation.

IBM Watson praised the hospitals operations and efficiency and said that if all the health care facilities in the country followed their lead it would save 106,000 lives and reduce health care by $8.3 billion. Results of the study are published in Fortune Magazine.

“From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, the organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high-value, patient-centered care and innovation,” said Dr. Kyu Rhee, VP and chief health officer at IBM Watson Health in a statement. “It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top performing hospitals are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis.”

Since the Top 100 Hospitals list was established in 1993, West Penn Hospital made the list six times.

“This honor again is reflective of the extraordinary talent and dedication of our physicians, nurses, volunteers and employees at every level,” said West Penn Hospital President Ron Andro.

St. Clair has won the award five times since 2012 and three times in a row, only one of 32 hospitals that have done that. It has also been honored by U.S. News & World Report, Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades, among others.

“At a time when great health care has never been more important, we’re proud of the health care heroes who’ve made St. Clair one of the nation’s highest quality hospitals,” said Dr. John Sullivan, chief medical officer of St. Clair Hospital.

By Paul J. Gough  – Reporter, Pittsburgh Business Times

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