March 03, 2015
CALDWELL, ID — For a second consecutive year, West Valley Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. West Valley is the only hospital in Idaho to receive this recognition.
“It is so gratifying to see this level of recognition for our physicians and staff for the second year in a row,” Betsy Hunsicker, chief executive officer at West Valley Medical Center, said. “Collectively and individually, they consistently aim to make a real difference in the lives of every patient we serve and this award once again confirms their exceptional efforts.”
Each year, Truven Health Analytics conducts independent, quantitative research of patient outcomes and safety, national treatment standards (core measures), patient satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability at more than 3,000 hospitals nationwide. According to Truven, the facilities selected to the Top 100 Hospitals list have consistently demonstrated quality care at a reasonable cost.
West Valley, a 150-bed facility, is listed in the Medium Community Hospitals category along with 20 other facilities across the country. The Canyon County hospital has achieved national recognition for its implementation of initiatives to improve quality and enhance patient satisfaction. These initiatives include:
- An enhanced intake process to ensure patients seeking care in emergency care are immediately admitted to a treatment room versus spending anxious minutes in the waiting area.
- An aggressive process for early identification and treatment of severe infections 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.
According to this year’s Top 100 Hospitals study, the nation’s best hospitals achieved fewer patient complications, scored better on patient satisfaction surveys, kept expenses low and lowered 30-day readmission and mortality rates, among other achievements.
To maintain the study’s high level of integrity, Truven Health researchers only analyze publicly available data. That includes Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, as well as core measures and patient satisfaction data provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.
The Top 100 Hospitals were announced in the March 2, 2015, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine. Hospitals do not apply for this recognition and honorees do not purchase the right to market inclusion in the Top 100 list. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.