St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Chelsea Hospitals were named to Fortune / IBM Watson Health’s Top 100 Hospitals List

From St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospitals, members of Trinity Health Michigan, were added to the Fortune / IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® list.

This is the 12th time St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been named (2021, 2020, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 1999, 1996) and the third time St. Joseph Mercy was named Chelsea, a joint venture hospital with Trinity Health and Michigan Medicine, was recognized (2021, 2009, 1993).

St. Joes Ann Arbor was named number 3 in the 15 Top Major Teaching Hospital category in the United States with this award. St. Joes Chelsea was named number 20 in the Top Small Community Hospital category. Also recognized as a Top100 hospital is St. Joe’s sister hospital, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, which ranks fourth on the list of 15 Top Major Teaching Hospitals.

“We’re thrilled to be on this national list of the best hospitals in the US based on metrics in key areas, including clinical outcomes and patient experience,” said Nancy Graebner, President and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. “St. Joe’s Chelsea prides itself on being a small community hospital that offers consistently exceptional care to residents throughout the area. “

IBM Watson Health identified the top hospitals based on a rigorous rating of 2,675 short-term acute care hospitals in the United States. The annual list recognizes outstanding clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health. According to IBM Watson Health, the hospitals listed on the Fortune / IBM Watson Health 100 list of the Top 100 Hospitals performed better on key clinical and operational performance indicators when compared to similar hospitals. These include survival rates, patient complications, healthcare-related infections, 30-day mortality and 30-day readmission rates across the hospital, length of stay, emergency room throughput, inpatient expenses, profitability, and patient ratings.

This year’s top hospitals ranking also introduces a measurement of hospital contributions to community health, with an emphasis on equity, by a team of experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Justice and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public health was developed. For the ranking, hospitals were surveyed in three components: 1) Assessment of hospital contributions to community health as providers of critical services for community health and prevention; 2) Identify ways in which hospitals, as community partners, work with local organizations to contribute to community health to implement critical programs; and 3) focus on ways in which hospitals promote public health through their practices as anchor institutions that support local economic and social advancement. The survey evaluation gave hospitals recognition of a number of best practice standards in each component, and the new measure changed the rankings for more than a third of the 100 hospitals.

“We are honored to be included on this list. This is one of the most remarkable recognitions for a hospital to be made based on real-world data and results,” said Alonzo Lewis, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. “This year I am delighted that the labor hospitals are working in community health and that improving equity is one of the metrics. I am deeply proud that the work we do in this area has been recognized.”

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