List of top 100 hospitals released

The results from "100 Top Hospitals: Bench-marks for Success," a survey conducted by the Baltimore-based health care information company HCIA, are out.

The study, which examined 2,946 acute-care hospitals from across the country and rated them on nine measures of clinical, operational, and financial performance, found that those who consistently perform in the top percentile are those who are operating with a slightly leaner work force than the industry average, but whose employees are paid substantially more.

Prepare for change

Other similar characteristics are that these hospitals have lower mortality and complication rates than the industry average and are spending approximately $1,000 less per discharge than other hospitals. They display twice the capacity to cover debt with available funds and invest 7% more per discharge on capital improvements.

According to HCIA, evidence exists that those hospitals that made the grade anticipated the negative effects of changes in Medi care reimbursement and changed operations accordingly. Not only did small community hospitals fare well, a positive omen for good management practices under the Medicare crunch, but the South continued to dominate the list bringing 44 hospitals to the group. The list was not ranked within each of the five following categories but are presented here alphabetically:

Hospitals with fewer than 100 beds

American Fork Hospital (UT)

Baptist DeKalb Hospital, Smithville, TN

Buffalo (MN) Hospital

Castleview Hospital, Price, UT

Donalsonville (GA) Hospital

Gerber Memorial Hospital, Fremont, MI

Northfield (MN) Hospital

Otsego Memorial Hospital, Gaylord, MI

Our Lady of the Way Hospital, Martin, KY

Powell (WY) Hospital

Punxsutawney (PA) Area Hospital

Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville, IL

St. Benedicts Family Medical Center, Jerome, ID

St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood, WA

St. John’s Mercy Hospital, Washington, MO

Tri-City Community Hospital, Jourdanton, TX

Valley View Medical Center, Cedar City, UT

Wedowee (AL) Hospital

Wellstar Douglas Hospital, Douglasville, GA

Wilcox Memorial Hospital, Lihue, HI

Hospitals with 100 to 249 beds

Appleton (WI) Medical Center

Bellin Memorial Hospital, Green Bay, WI

Brandon (FL) Regional Hospital

Bulloch Memorial Hospital, Statesboro, GA

Cape Cod Hospital, Barnstable, MA

Cottonwood Hospital Medical Center, Murray, UT

Gulf Coast Medical Center, Panama City, FL

Indian Path Medical Center, Kingsport, TN

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, VA

Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Maysville, KY

Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, FL

Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, Durant

Mercy Hospital Anderson, Cincinnati

Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital, Milford, MA

Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Burlingame, CA

North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainesville

Seven Rivers Community Hospital, Crystal River, FL

St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way, WA

St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, WA

Theda Clark Medical Center, Neenah, WI

William Beaumont Hospital, Troy, MI

Major teaching hospitals with 400+ beds

Albany (NY) Medical Center Hospital

Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston

Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL

Evanston (IL) Northwestern Healthcare

Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT

Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL

St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI

Sparrow Health System, Lansing, MI

Spectrum health Downtown Campus, Grand Rapids, MI

Univ. of Tennessee Memorial Hospital, Knoxville

Univ. of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville

Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville

Washington (DC) Hospital Center

William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Nonteaching hospitals with 250+ beds

Aventura Hospital ad Medical Center, Miami

Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee, Knoxville

Baptist Hospital of Miami

Blake Medical Center, Bradenton, FL

Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Webster, TX

Good Shepherd Medical Center, Longview, TX

Hemet (CA) Valley Medical Center

Hoffman Estates (IL) Medical Center

Leesburg (FL) Regional Medical Center

Licking Memorial Hospital, Newark, OH

Martin Memorial Health Systems, Stuart, FL

Memorial Hospital of Jacksonville, FL

Middletown (OH) Regional Hospital

Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, FL

Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, FL

Regional Medical Center-Bayonet Point, Hudson, FL

Spring Branch Medical Center, Houston

St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima, OH

Trident Regional Medical Center, Charleston, SC

Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, GA

Minor teaching hospitals with 250+ beds

Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH

Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals, Richmond, VA

Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, Denver

Harris Methodist Fort Worth (TX)

Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA

Lancaster (PA) General Hospital

McAllen (TX) Medical Center

Memorial Hospital System, Houston

Meridia Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, OH

Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI

Palmetto General Hospital, Hialeah, FL

Pamona (CA) Valley Hospital Medical Center

Providence Portland (OR) Medical Center

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland, OR

Rochester (MN) Methodist Hospital

South Miami (FL) Hospital

Southwest Washington Medical Center, Vancouver

St. Cloud (MN) Hospital

St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis

St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth, MN

St. Thomas Health Services, Nashville, TN

St. Vincent Hospitals and Health Services, Indianapolis

SwedishAmerican Health System, Rockford, IL

Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN

York (PA) Hospital