Redefining Excellence


100 Top Hospitals logo The renowned Truven Health Analytics annual 100 Top Hospitals study incorporates independent public data; proprietary, risk-adjusted and peer-reviewed methodology; and key performance metrics to arrive at an objective, independent analysis of the best hospitals in the nation. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor. Study results and winner lists are highly anticipated each year and have been for more than two decades.

Our study is unique - it evaluates hospitals on measures of overall organizational performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability. It compares hospitals only against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status. And it is the only study of its kind that uses a proven national balanced scorecard .

Identified annually from nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals, our award winners continue to not only achieve expected excellence, but also redefine it for all others to follow.

100 Top Hospitals Everest Award
A select few of our award winners each year also earn the Everest Award. This award honors hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years. 

2015 100 Top Hospitals Award Winners Announced March 2, 2015

Our 2015 award winners are transforming their organizations to meet new challenges. That focus on transformation and innovation has become a blueprint for forward momentum and the ongoing journey to excellence.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly 126,500 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 109,000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved
  • The typical patient could be released from the hospital half a day sooner
  • Episode-of-illness expense would be 2 percent lower than the peer median

Potential New Metrics for 2016

Every year, we evaluate the 100 Top Hospitals study and explore whether new measures would enhance the value of the analysis we provide. For the 2015 study, we are testing new performance measures to update basic standards of inpatient care and to expand the balanced scorecard across the continuum of care. The added measures are:

  • New Core Measures —  including the new stroke care and blood clot treatment measures from the expanded CMS core measures set. We are also publishing the emergency department efficiency measures again this year.

  • New 30-Day Mortality and Readmission Measures – including the new condition-specific outcome measures that CMS publicly reported in their most recent hospital compare dataset. These COPD and Stroke 30-day mortality and readmission measures are displayed in this study for the first time. The data period for these measures is the same as for the other 30-day metrics: July 1, 2010-June 30, 2013

Watch for our 2016 study release in the spring of 2016.