West Valley Medical Center
September 26, 2023

West Valley named one of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Fortune and PINC AI™

Caldwell, ID – West Valley Medical Center is the only Idaho hospital to be ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® according to an independent quality analysis provided by PINC AI™ and reported by Fortune. This is West Valley's eighth time on the list and the hospital was among the top 30 on the list to receive an Everest Award.

Organizations do not apply to participate in the study, and award winners do not pay to market their honor. An objective, quantitative analysis of publicly available data was conducted to identify the top hospitals in the United States. The primary purpose of the PINC AI™ 100 Top Hospitals® program is to inspire hospital and health system leaders to pursue higher performance and deliver added value to patients and communities. The program leverages transparent, nonbiased data to help inform strategies for sustained performance.

“Our continued recognition on this Top 100 list speaks to the work of our colleagues and their steadfast focus on quality and patient safety,” said Travis Leach, chief executive officer at West Valley Medical Center. “Our care team strives to make a real difference in the lives of every patient we serve. This award reflects their exceptional efforts, now more than ever, in creating a safe environment to build healthier tomorrows.”

West Valley, a 150-bed facility, is listed in the Medium Community Hospitals category. The Canyon County hospital has achieved national recognition for its implementation of initiatives to improve quality and enhance patient satisfaction. Some of these initiatives include:

  • An aggressive process for early identification and treatment of severe infections, like sepsis, proven to improve outcomes.
  • A commitment to patient engagement by introducing patients to their care team and sharing information at bedside during shift changes and department transfers.
  • Daily safety huddles and weekly quality meetings to review day-to-day activities regarding current safety needs of patients and staff. 

100 Top Hospitals® program performance

This year, based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals that were not winners, the analysis found the winners of the 100 Top Hospitals® program delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. Compared to non-winning hospitals, this year’s winners had:

  • 31percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals.
  • 9 percent fewer patients with complications.
  • 39 percent fewer healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
  • Nearly 20 percent lower inpatient expenses per discharge.
  • 0.5-day shorter average length of stay.
  • Better reported patient experience scores, with a top-box Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score of 77 percent versus 70 percent for non-winning hospitals.

“As hospitals continue to share the nation’s focus on changing healthcare for the better, hospitals and health systems are recognizing the importance of identifying areas within their walls for quality improvement,” said Leigh Anderson, Premier’s Chief Operating Officer and the leader of PINC AI™. “The transparent and nonbiased measures this study provides, helps leaders make informed decisions for change, and proves that West Valley Medical Center excels across a range of core performance indicators, which can directly lead to significantly higher quality patient outcomes, with fewer readmissions and complications.”

Methodology for selecting Everest Award winners

West Valley was one of 30 on the list to receive the award. The Everest Award methodology to select winners can be summarized in three main steps:

  • Selecting the annual 100 Top Hospitals® award winners using our objective methodology based on publicly available data and a balanced scorecard of performance measures using the most current data available (2021 at the time of this study).
  • Using our five-year (2017 -2021) trending methodology to select the 100 hospitals that have shown the fastest, most consistent improvement rates on the same balanced scorecard of performance measures.
  • Identifying those hospitals that ranked in the top 100 on both lists.

View the entire Top 100 list here. The list of Everest Award Winners can be found here.