PIH Health Whittier Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by IBM Watson Health™

Published on March 20, 2019

PIH Health Whittier Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by IBM Watson Health™

PIH Health has been 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 publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. This is the fifth time PIH Health Whittier Hospital has been recognized.

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 healthcare-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). The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“It is an honor to have received this recognition for five consecutive years,” said Jim West, president and chief executive officer, PIH Health. “We take great pride in providing the highest-quality healthcare to the patients we serve and this award is a testament to the dedication of our staff and physicians.” 

Based on the results of this year’s study, IBM Watson Health extrapolates 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 30 days.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare 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.” 

For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.