CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health


CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System was once again named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of clinical, operational and patient satisfaction data.

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System is one of only 15 hospitals in the nation to also earn the Everest Award, simultaneously setting the national benchmark for balanced excellence in a single year as well as for greatest improvement over five consecutive years.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas addressing: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean health care-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).

This is the third time CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System has been recognized as a 100 Top Hospital in the nation since the annual study has was first conducted in 1993.

“It is a privilege to be honored on this list as one of the most outstanding health care facilities in the country chosen through independent and objective research,” said Jason Rounds, President, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “Combined with the Everest Award, this recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, our medical staff, our nurses and other clinicians, our Associates and every member of our team who give their all every day to ensure that we provide care to this community that is focused on our core values of dignity, integrity, compassion, stewardship and excellence.”

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System is nestled within over 128 acres of oak, pine, and dogwood trees along Interstate 30 in Texarkana, Texas. Its central location in Northeast Texas allows CHRISTUS St. Michael to serve residents of Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.

CHRISTUS St. Michael provides the region’s only open-heart bypass surgery program, Electrophysiology (EP) Lab, Level III NICU, accredited Cancer Center, ACR-designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Center for Joint Replacement, Hybrid Surgical Suite, and robotic-assisted surgery for total knee and hip replacements.

Established in 1916 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as Michael Meagher Memorial Hospital, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System focuses on the mission of “Extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” CHRISTUS St. Michael offers comprehensive services ranging from specialized care for women comprehensive cancer and heart services. CHRISTUS St. Michael is a recognized regional leader for general surgery, heart care, heart surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and cancer care. The Emergency Department, a Level III Trauma Center, treats an average of over 58,000 patients a year, more than any area ED.

The hospital provides quality, patient-centered care through programs such as our dedicated Primary Stoke Center recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke; the Center for Joint Replacement, also recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Joint Replacement – Hip and Joint Replacement – Knee, and more.

CHRISTUS St. Michael is the region’s only NICHE designated hospital, demonstrating its commitment to elder care excellence, and only ACR designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on health care as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes, the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

More information can be found here.

By the Numbers:

Based on the results of this year’s study, we extrapolate that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

• More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved;

• More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free;

• More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved; and

• Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within


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