Jackson Hospital was recently named one of the nation’s performance improvement leaders by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.
Jackson Hospital and its senior management team were recognized for being one of a hundred hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2002-2006). The 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, and financial stability. Jackson Hospital and its medical staff have made major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services locally.
Findings from the fifth edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders study appears in the August 11, 2008, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.
"Receiving this designation for two consecutive years tells a lot about the quality care our patients receive at Jackson Hospital" says Dave Hample, Jackson Hospital CEO. "Furthermore, it tells the story of the high-quality, caring and committed medical and clinical staff patients have access to here in our community."
Jackson Hospital is a general medicine, not-for-profit, facility providing 24-hour Physician-staffed Emergency Care, outpatient and in-patient Surgical services, fully-digital Radiology procedures, including MRI scans, and Maternal Care/Labor & Delivery services. The Hospital cares for over 75,000 patients annually and sees 24,000 of those patients in its Emergency Department. The hospital delivers 600 new babies each year, performs 2,500 surgeries, conducts 42,000 Radiology procedures and 185,000 laboratory tests, and reaches over 1,000 people in its Community Education programs.
The Hospital is one of the top five employers in Jackson County. Jackson Hospital’s CEO, Dave Hample, is one of the few healthcare leaders simultaneously holding two distinguished fellowships, both the FACHE and the FHFMA. The Medical Staff consists of board-certified physicians in primary care and medical specialties. Dr. Joe Gay of Chipola Medical Associates is the current Chief of the Staff. A 9-member Board of Directors appointed by Florida’s Governor directs the Hospital. Mr. Gene Strickland is the current Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of Jackson Hospital.
"This study identifies superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams’ long-term strategies for strengthening performance," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. "These are true ’Good to Great’ leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities."
The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002 through 2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.
The study rated hospitals on eight factors — patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, and small community hospitals.
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