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Truven rates Aspirus Wausau Hospital among nation’s best

Mar 14, 2014

WAUSAU, Wis. – Aspirus Wausau Hospital is one of the 100 top U.S. hospitals according to a study released on March 3 by Truven Health Analytics™.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies the nation’s hospitals that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas:

  • Mortality
  • Inpatient complications
  • Patient safety
  • Average patient stay
  • Expenses
  • Profitability
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Adherence to clinical standards of care
  • Post-discharge mortality
  • Readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.

“It’s rewarding to know that the level of care we provide our patients is being recognized, not just regionally, but at a national level,” said Darrell Lentz, interim president of Aspirus Wausau Hospital. “This honor may have Aspirus Wausau Hospital’s name associated with it, but it’s truly a reflection of the overall quality of care provided by the entire Aspirus system.”

Truven Health has conducted the Top 100 Hospitals study annually since 1993. Researchers evaluated 2,803 short-term, acute-care, nonfederal hospitals using public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

“Employers and payers are increasingly seeking network hospitals that consistently provide demonstrated value — hospitals that deliver higher quality, higher satisfaction and lower cost,” said Jean Chenoweth, Truven Health Analytics senior vice president, 100 Top Hospitals Programs. “The results show 100 Top Hospitals to be strong, well-managed hospitals with consistently high performance.”

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

  • More than 165,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Nearly 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • $5.4 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. For more information, please go online to