(SALT LAKE CITY, UT – May 3, 2021) St. Mark’s Hospital was recently named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® list. This is the eighth time St. Mark’s has been recognized with this honor as one of the top performing Teaching Hospitals in the U.S. The hospital was also named an Everest Award winner, which recognizes hospitals for top rate of improvement during a five-year period. The annual list was published recently by Fortune.

IBM Watson Health has identified the top hospitals from a rigorous evaluation of 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the U.S. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify best practices that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.

This year’s ranking of top hospitals also introduces a measure of hospitals’ contributions to community health with a focus on equity developed by a team of experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the ranking, hospitals were surveyed across three components: 1) assessing hospital contributions to community health as a provider of critical services for community health and preventive care; 2) identifying ways that hospitals contribute to community health as a community partner teaming up with local organizations to implement critical programs; and 3) focusing on ways that hospitals promote community health through their practices as anchor institutions supporting local economic and social progress. Hospitals received credit for meeting a certain number of best practice standards in each component as part of the survey scoring and the new measure led to a change in ranking for more than one-third of the 100 hospitals.

“This award is a reflection of the people and the culture that has been created at St. Mark’s over the past many years,” said St. Mark’s Hospital CEO Jeremy Bradshaw. “Our vision at St. Mark’s is to be the choice for healthcare excellence. This recognition is further testament and third-party validation that we are on the right path.”

It’s no coincidence, Bradshaw said, that some of the primary measures for the award – clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health – all closely align with St. Mark’s Hospital’s key pillars which include quality, service, growth and finance.

“And it all starts with our people – our fifth and final pillar at St. Mark’s Hospital,” Bradshaw said.

St. Mark’s Hospital has been a cornerstone in the Greater Salt Lake City area for nearly 150 years. This long-standing culture and history of improving the lives they touch has only progressed over the years as St. Mark’s Hospital stays up-to-date on new technology and advanced procedures.

This recognition demonstrates St. Mark’s Hospital’s ongoing commitment to prioritize patient-centered care. According to IBM Watson Health, as compared to similar hospitals, the hospitals included on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list had better results on key clinical and operational performance indicators. These include survival rates, patient complications, healthcare associated infections, 30-day mortality and 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates, length of stay, throughput in emergency departments, inpatient expenses, profitability and ratings from patients.

“We are proud of all of the hospitals, health systems and their dedicated clinicians and staff included among the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals,” said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health officer at IBM Watson Health. “From small community hospitals to major teaching hospitals, organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation. They also recognize the importance of contributing to the health of their communities and we applaud them for their programs that help provide equitable quality care and address health disparities.”

In addition, MountainStar Healthcare – a subsidiary of HCA Healthcare – was named to the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list for 2021. This marks the first time MountainStar Healthcare – of which St. Mark’s Hospital is a part – has been recognized with this honor as one of the top performing health systems in the U.S.

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