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ETMC Tyler named a Solucient 100 Top Hospitals

ETMC Tyler named a Solucient 100 Top Hospitals


ETMC Tyler has been named as one of the 2005 100 Top Hospitals® in the nation in an annual study that identifies top achievers in the healthcare industry.

The annual study, titled“100 Top Hospitals®-National Benchmarks for Success,” identifies hospitals that have higher survival rates, lower complication rates and lower expenses than their peers. ETMC Tyler is the only hospital in East Texas named to the list and one of only six throughout Texas. In total, the study compared over 3,091 U.S. acute-care hospitals during 2005.

This is the fourth time ETMC has made the list. Previous wins were in 1997, 1998 and 2003.  The complete report is on-line at and will be featured in Modern Healthcare magazine.

Solucient also recognized ETMC as a Best of the 100 Top Benchmark Hospitals for making the list four times.  Solucient points out to achieve that accomplishment over a number of years indicates a higher level of management excellence and consistency.

 “Several years ago, ETMC management and employees set a high goal for our organization – to create a standard of health care in East Texas that would rival that of the most respected hospitals in the nation,” Elmer G. Ellis, ETMC President/CEO, said. “Inclusion in this prestigious list gives us confidence that we’re providing


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unprecedented excellence in delivering high-quality, cost-efficient health care to the people of our region.”

Ellis said the “100 Top Hospitals®” study is distinctive because it is based solely on objective, quantitative data that are consistent and complete across the U.S.

The statistical nature of the study ensures that the analysis is objective, he added.

Among the key findings:

  • Winners of the 100 Top Hospitals National award tend to have a higher percentage of patients requiring more complex treatment or admission to the hospital than emergency departments at non-winners. Benchmark hospitals were approximately 9 percent more likely to have higher complexity or admitted patients from the ED, after adjusting for hospital region and class.
  • The 100 Top Hospitals have better patient safety as indicated by risk-adjusted Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) rates that were significantly lower than non-winners for nine of the 11 PSIs studied.
  • Benchmark hospitals were also less likely to experience adverse outcomes, also known as medical injuries, than peer hospitals. 
  • If all acute care hospitals performed at the same level as the nation's benchmark hospitals, as many as 106,312 more Medicare patients could survive and an additional 117,000 patient stays could be complication-free each year — at an estimated annual savings of $7.6 billion.
  • Survival rates were higher at benchmark hospitals.
  • The 100 Top Hospitals treated sicker patients requiring more complex treatment, yet had better patient outcomes and lower costs.
  • Salary and benefits were $1,500 per year higher per full-time staff member than at peer hospitals.


Hospitals were compared according to other hospitals of similar size and ranked based on their performance on key measures relative to other hospitals in the group. Those key measures included risk-adjusted mortality, risk adjusted

complications, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash flow to total debt ratio, growth in percent of community served, tangible assets per adjusted discharge and coding specificity.


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The 13th edition of Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals®: Benchmarks for Success study analyzed acute care hospitals in five classes with the following number of winners in each:

·         Major Teaching: 15 winners

·         Teaching: 25 winners

·         Large Community: 250+ Beds- 20 winners

·         Medium Community: 100 to 249 Beds- 20 winners

·         Small Community: 25 to 99 beds- 20 winners

ETMC was included within the large community category.

Robert B. Evans, ETMC Tyler Administrator/CEO, says, “It’s gratifying to see this recognition of our institution and our employees who work hard to provide clinical excellence,” Evans said. "It's also important to note that any hospital is only as good as its physicians, and this award is a reflection of the outstanding medical staff we are so fortunate to have at ETMC Tyler."

ETMC is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in communities throughout East Texas. Other ETMC facilities include hospitals in Athens, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Fairfield, Jacksonville, Gilmer, Mount Vernon, Pittsburg, Quitman, Trinity and Tyler.

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