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Aspirus named Top 15 health system for third consecutive year

Aspirus was named among the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. This is the third straight year Aspirus has been recognized for excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, and patient experience.

This year’s 15 Top Health Systems study evaluated 332 health systems and 2,492 hospitals that are members of health systems. IBM Watson Health created the list to establish top performance benchmarks that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.

“This is an accomplishment we’re very proud of as it demonstrates Aspirus’ ongoing commitment to delivering patient-centered care, particularly during this very disruptive and challenging time,” said Matthew Heywood, president and chief executive officer for Aspirus. “We care deeply about our communities and appreciate recognitions like this because they can offer additional peace of mind for our patients in that, by choosing Aspirus, they will receive the type of care they expect and deserve.”

According to the study, hospitals on the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list had better results compared to their peer health systems on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, and patient experience.

These include lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications, fewer hospital acquired infections, higher influenza immunization rates, lower 30-day readmission rates, shorter lengths of stay, faster emergency care, higher scores on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience, and lower episode-ofcare expenses for the in-hospital through the aftercare process.

“Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders at this time,” said Kyu Rhee, vice president and chief health officer for IBM Watson Health. “From small to large health systems, the organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation. It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top performing health systems are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis.”