Originally Posted Online: April 01, 2011, 7:21 pm
Last Updated: April 01, 2011, 9:13 pm

Trinity earns Top 100 honor

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley, Trinity President and CEO Rick Seidler and Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce CEO Tara Barney put on hats to celebrate the Trinity Illinois campuses making Thomson Reuters' "100 Top Hospitals" in the country list during a community announcement at Trinity Rock Island Friday, April 1, 2011.

Trinity's Illinois campuses scored big points on the national health-care court, earning a slot among the top 100 hospitals in the U.S., according to the independent consulting firm Thomson Reuters.

The annual study evaluates performance in 10 areas that cover clinical outcomes and mortality rates, patient safety, financial performance, efficiency and growth.

"Being on this list means you're a hospital that's a high performer across the board, not just in a single service line, like cardiovascular disease," Trinity president and CEO Rick Seidler said at a Friday news conference.

"By visiting Trinity, a patient is more likely to have a better outcome, be more satisfied, receive care at a more reasonable cost and have less chance of a medical error than they would at a facility that is not on the 100 Top Hospital list," he said. "That kind of excellence is what Quad-Cities' residents expect and what we're proud to offer every single day."


Hear audio of Trinity CEO Rick Seidler discussing the Trinity Illinois campuses making Thomson Reuters' "100 Top Hospitals" in the country.


In November, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, was named one of the nation's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals -- and the only one in Iowa or the Quad-Cities region -- by Thomson Reuters.

To be honored as a Top 100 overall hospital, Trinity was measured against approximately 3,000 hospitals. It was chosen as one of 20 (out of 338 nationwide) for large community hospitals with at least 250 patient beds, representing Trinity's Rock Island and Moline campuses which have nearly 400 patient beds. In 2010, its Illinois facilities served 361,852 patients; of those, 17,352 required overnight stays.

Hospitals do not apply to be ranked by Thomson Reuters or pay to participate or publicize their ranking, Mr. Seidler said. The ranking measures "all aspects of the patient experience," he said.

Also honored in 2007, Trinity is the only Quad-Cities area hospital to achieve the distinction. The only other Iowa hospital listed was Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City. Only two other Illinois hospitals outside of the Chicago area were honored.

The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

"This is great news for Trinity, great news for Rock Island, and especially great news for patients who receive excellent care at Trinity," said Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as in the top 100 hospitals, there would be 116,000 fewer deaths annually in the U.S., Mr. Seidler said. There also would be fewer patient complications, lower costs and shorter average hospital stays, he noted.

Tara Barney, CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, said the honor makes it easier to promote the region to businesses and residents.

"This is a huge part of what we are engaged in – creating a quality of place that is different and better," she said. "The Chamber of Commerce is engaged in making sure the Quad-Cities gets on the map. This sort of national benchmark gives credibility to the work."

"We are a very deep and high-quality provider of health care services," Ms. Barney added.

Trinity tied Friday's event to the NCAAFinal Four college basketball games this weekend, hosting 150 employees at Trinity Rock Island's Jardine Auditorium.They received T-shirts, caps and mini-basketballs proclaiming the Top 100 award and shared a large cake with bracket-design icing highlighting the study's categories.

"This is really our version of making it to the big dance," Mr. Seidler said.




To learn more

For more information and a list of the Top 100, visit www.100tophospitals.com.