HOUSTON (March 29, 2010)

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital were today named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence and overall organizational performance in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance, and operational efficiency. The two facilities are the only Houston hospitals to receive this honor.

This is the first time these two hospitals have been recognized with this honor. Memorial City was awarded in the category of large community hospitals; Katy won among medium-sized community hospitals

Announced in the March 29 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine, Thomson Reuters will present the awards to executives and board members of the winning organizations during the June 9-11 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Summit in California.

"We are proud to be recognized as one of the country's leading hospitals in a comparison that is based on stringent criteria and quantifiable results," said Rod Brace, Memorial Hermann West and Southwest Market CEO. "This award highlights the high-quality care that our physicians and staff bring to Houston."

The winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 2,926 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia.

"The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

  • More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • Nearly 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.