MountainStar Health
March 04, 2019

Five MountainStar Healthcare hospitals were named among the 100 Top Hospitals® nationwide by IBM Watson Health™. Most have earned this award several times over the years, including Lakeview Hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital, Brigham City Community Hospital and Mountain View Hospital. Opened only eight years ago, Lone Peak Hospital is listed as one of the top-performers for the first time this year.

MountainStar and its hospitals are a division of HCA Healthcare. As one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, this network now has 10 of its 185 hospitals designated as a 100 Top Hospital – including five in Utah.

“I could not be prouder of everyone at our hospitals who consistently work hard to achieve excellence in patient care and operational efficiency,” said Greg Angle, president, MountainStar Healthcare. “That type of collaborative effort at five MountainStar hospitals led to designation as a 100 Top Hospital this year, and top-tier ranking among 10 HCA honorees nationwide.”

The annual Watson Health study identifies the nation’s top-performing hospitals based on publicly available data for clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics. Results of the 2019 study found that, “Top-performing hospitals in the country achieved better risk-adjusted patient outcomes while maintaining both a lower average cost per patient and higher profit margin than peer group hospitals that were part of the study.”

The 100 Top Hospitals have been recognized annually since 1993. In the 2019 List, honorees are compiled in five peer comparison groups from major teaching hospitals to small community hospitals. Watson Health also recognizes 15 Everest Award winners; hospitals that are also among the 100 top for rate of improvement during a five-year period.

This year, only 10 Utah hospitals were named among the 100 Top Hospitals. Five of them are MountainStar hospitals, designated in the following categories:

Lakeview Hospital has been recognized as a top-performing hospital for the seventh year in a row – and the ninth time overall in the Small Community Hospitals category.

St. Mark’s Hospital is an Everest Award winner this year and has earned this designation a total of six times. It is one of only two Utah hospitals among 25 honorees this year in the Teaching Hospitals category. 

Brigham City Community Hospital has been named as a 100 Top Hospital five times total in the Small Community Hospitals category.

Mountain View Hospital has achieved this recognition three times total. It is one of only two Utah hospitals recognized in the Medium Community Hospitals category.

Lone Peak Hospital opened its doors in 2013 and is now designated among the 100 Top Hospitals nationwide in the Small Community Hospitals category.

When compared with peer groups nationwide, 100 Top Hospitals outperformed non-winning peers in the following key performance metrics (full study results available):

  • Higher Survival Rates.
  • Fewer Complications and Infections
  • Shorter Length of Stay
  • Shorter Emergency Department Wait Times
  • Lower Inpatient Expenses
  • Higher Patient Satisfaction
  • Higher Profit Overall Margins

The 100 Top Hospitals winners outperformed peer group hospitals within 10 key performance benchmarks related to clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, operational efficiency and financial stability. Per Watson Health and based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated at the winning hospitals:

  • 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.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 3,156 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare Hospital Cost Reports (HCRIS), Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.

Hospitals do not apply for awards and winners do not pay to market the 100 Top Hospitals honor. The 2019 list of honorees was announced on March 4, 2019. More information on this year’s Watson Health study is available at

About the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals, formerly the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals, program uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for under clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business. Visit for more information.