Cottonwood Heights, UT –  MountainStar Healthcare – an affiliate of HCA Healthcare – was recently named to the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list. Several MountainStar hospitals have been recognized by IBM Watson Health over the years, but this marks the first time MountainStar Healthcare has been recognized with this honor as one of the top performing health systems in the U.S. The annual list was published earlier this week by Fortune.

In addition, two MountainStar Hospitals were named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list. Included on this year’s list were Lone Peak Hospital (Draper) in the Small Community Hospitals category and St. Mark’s Hospital (Millcreek) in the Teaching Hospitals category. Both were named Everest Award winner, which recognizes hospitals for top rate of improvement during a five-year period.

IBM Watson Health has identified the top health systems from a rigorous evaluation of 324 health systems and 2,522 hospitals that are members of health systems. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify top performance benchmarks that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.

“It’s particularly rewarding to receive this recognition as a system because it’s a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every colleague in every one of our eight hospitals up and down the Wasatch Front,” said MountainStar Healthcare President Greg Angle. “On top of that, there’s an extra sense of satisfaction to receive this award in the midst of a pandemic. Our colleagues have worked tirelessly fighting this pandemic with everything they have, and their commitment has been unwavering. It’s not hyperbolic to call them heroes, and this recognition is further validation of that.”

As a division of HCA Healthcare, Angle said the recognition is also a reinforcement of the tremendous value MountainStar derives from its HCA Healthcare affiliation and how its parent organization’s network of care, leadership, resources, and sharing of best practices are key to MountainStar’s success, including its continued pandemic response.

This recognition demonstrates MountainStar Healthcare’s ongoing commitment to prioritize patient-centered care. As compared to their peer health systems, the organizations included on the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list had better results on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, and patient experience. These include lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications, considering patient severity; care that resulted in fewer healthcare-associated infections; lower 30-day readmission rates; shorter lengths of stay; faster emergency care; higher scores on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience: and lower episode-of-care expenses for the in-hospital through aftercare process. 

“We are proud of all of the hospitals, health systems and their dedicated clinicians and staff included among the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems,” said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health officer at IBM Watson Health. “These organizations demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation and we applaud them for their dedication and achievements.”

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About MountainStar Healthcare

MountainStar Healthcare is part of the Mountain Division of HCA Healthcare. MountainStar consists of eight Utah hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and numerous physician clinics across the Wasatch Front. The eight HCA, MountainStar Healthcare Hospitals include: St. Mark’s Hospital, Ogden Regional Medical Center, Timpanogos Regional Hospital, Lakeview Hospital, Mountain View Hospital, Lone Peak Hospital, Brigham City Community Hospital and Cache Valley Hospital. Connect with MountainStar Healthcare on social media

About HCA Healthcare

Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 185 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 35 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. Connect with HCA Healthcare on social media

About IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals Program’s annual studies result in the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list and IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry. Visit 100 Top Hospitals for more information.

About IBM Watson Health

IBM Watson Health is a data, analytics, and technology partner for the health industry. Supported by the innovation of IBM and intelligence of Watson, we are committed to helping build smarter health ecosystems. Through the combination of our deep industry expertise in health, data and analytics, actionable insights, and reputation for security and trust, Watson Health is working together with its clients and partners to help them achieve simpler processes, better care insights, faster breakthroughs, and improved experiences for people around the world. Learn more at IBM Watson Health.