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Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Fortune and Premier’s PINC AI™

U.S. hospitals recognized for demonstrating lower inpatient mortality rates with fewer readmissions and complications

(PHOENIX - April 22, 2024) ─ Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center has been identified as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in 2024 according to an independent quality analysis provided by PINC AI™, the technology and services brand of Premier, Inc., and reported by Fortune.

To create the list, an objective, quantitative analysis of publicly available data was conducted to identify the top hospitals in the United States. The primary purpose of the PINC AI™ 100 Top Hospitals® program is to inspire hospital and health system leaders to pursue higher performance and deliver added value to patients and communities. The program leverages transparent, non-biased data to help inform strategies for sustained performance. Organizations do not apply to participate in the study, and award recipients do not pay to market their honor.

“At St. Joseph’s, we have a rich 129-year history of providing exceptional and compassionate care to our local communities and beyond,” says St. Joseph’s interim president and CEO, Mary Ragsdale. “I am remarkably proud of the testament this award imparts about the amazing care provided by our St. Joseph’s team - a group of hardworking, dedicated individuals who live the hospital’s mission day in and day out to achieve the very best for our patients.”

100 Top Hospitals® Program Performance

This year, based on comparisons between the study’s top performers and a peer group of similar hospitals, the analysis found that the top performers of the 100 Top Hospitals® program delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. Compared to peer hospitals, this year’s top performers had:

  • 39 percent fewer inpatient deaths than peer hospitals.
  • 26.6 percent fewer patients with complications.
  • 30.6 percent fewer healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
  • A 21.1 percent lower inpatient expense per discharge.
  • 0.5-day shorter average length of stay.
  • Better reported patient experience scores, with a top-box Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score of 73 percent versus 67 percent for peer hospitals.

“Hospitals and health systems continue to recognize the vital importance of performance improvement for high-quality patient care, proving value and enabling the innovations that drive healthcare forward,” said Leigh Anderson, Premier’s Chief Operating Officer and the leader of PINC AI™. “The transparent, non-biased and actionable data this study provides helps leaders make informed decisions for change and proves that Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix excels across a range of core performance indicators, which can directly lead to significantly higher quality patient outcomes, with fewer readmissions and complications.”




About the Study

The PINC AI™ 100 Top Hospitals® program focuses on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of patients. Researchers evaluated 2,601 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals and health systems. All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Care Compare website. For complete methodology details, please review the study here.

Eligible hospitals are ranked for performance across 10 measures within five domains.

Final rank is determined based on performance for all individual measures. To allow for fair comparison, hospitals are stratified and then ranked within five separate peer groups with a pre-determined number of high-performing hospitals: major teaching hospitals (15 facilities), teaching hospitals (25 facilities), large community hospitals (20 facilities), medium community hospitals (20 facilities), and small community hospitals (20 facilities).

About Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center

Located in the heart of Phoenix, Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center is a 571-bed, full service, not-for-profit hospital that provides a wide range of health, social and support services. A nationally recognized center for advanced medical care, medical education and research, St. Joseph’s includes more than 5,000 employees and nearly 2,000 physicians representing all major specialties. The hospital is home to the internationally renowned Barrow Neurological Institute, Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, Norton Thoracic Institute, and Arizona’s first Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital is also a proud partner with Creighton University. St. Joseph’s is a member of Dignity Health, which is part of CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health care systems. 

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Publish date: 

Monday, April 22, 2024

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