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Asante named among top 15 health systems nationwide

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Asante has been named among the top 15 health systems nationwide.

Asante has been named among the top health systems nationwide after making it on the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list for the ninth year in a row.

“This past year has brought unique challenges. Our employees, nurses, medical staff, leadership and volunteers have met those challenges with great resilience,” said Asante President and CEO Scott Kelly. “This award recognizes their hard work and ingenuity to find new ways to provide safe, great care that supports our patients and community.”

This year’s study evaluated 324 health systems and 2,522 hospitals across the nation. The annual list identifies the top 15 health systems with the highest overall achievement in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience.

IBM Watson Health established the 15 top list to identify performance benchmarks that may help other health care organizations achieve consistent, balanced and sustainable high performance, according to the organization.

The health care systems making the 2021 list reported:

  • Lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications when the severity of patients' conditions is taken into account
  • 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
  • Lower expenses for care

Asante was the only health system in Oregon to make the top 15 list. Other health systems were in Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Wisconsin, Iowa and Utah. Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Idaho had multiple health systems make the list, according to IBM Watson Health’s report.