Published on April 10, 2018

St. Vincent Evansville named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

EVANSVILLESt. Vincent Evansville, part of Ascension, was recently named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™. It is joined by the three other Ascension hospitals, including St. Vincent Fishers, St. John Owasso, and Providence-Providence Park hospital.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study is composed of five comparison groups of hospitals: major teaching, teaching, large community, medium community and small community. St. Vincent Evansville is among 20 winners in the large community hospital category, consisting of non-teaching hospitals with 250 or more acute care beds.

The nationwide study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 11 areas, addressing inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate; complications; core measures; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).

Using the measures from the national scorecard, the study revealed a significant difference between winning and non-winning peer group hospitals. The study’s highest performing hospitals:

  • Had lower inpatient mortality
  • Had fewer patient complications
  • Delivered care that resulted in fewer hospital-acquired infections
  • Had lower 30-day mortality rates and 30-day admission rates
  • Provided faster emergency care
  • Sent patients home sooner
  • Kept expenses low, both in-hospital and through the after-care process
  • Scored higher on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience

“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 and growing profit margins,” 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 healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare experiences of the people in their communities.”

In state-level comparisons, Indiana is found in the highest quintile of overall state performance. The Midwest continues to be the frontrunner in percentage of states in the top two quintiles (91.7 percent in 2018 versus 66.7 percent in 2017).

“We are honored to be named one of the Nation’s top hospitals and so proud to offer this level of care right here in the Tri-State area,” said Dan Parod, president of the St. Vincent Southern Region. “At St. Vincent Evansville, we have set goals to outperform in every performance category, and this recognition is a result of all the hard work of our board, medical staff, leadership and, most importantly, our associates.”

IBM Watson Health conducted the study by evaluating 2,740 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. Researchers used Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data to determine the winners. The information came from public data sets on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for this award and the winners do not pay to market this honor.

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About St. Vincent

In Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $266 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit


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