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Study ranks MidMichigan Health in top quintile of health systems

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For the third year in a row, MidMichigan Health was ranked in the top 20 percent (quintile) for balanced performance among small health systems nationwide by IBM Watson Health™.

This included MidMichigan being named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics™ (now IBM Watson Health) in 2016, which also landed the health system in the top 20 percent.

The 2019 study evaluated 337 health systems on measures of clinical quality and efficiency from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data. As a result, MidMichigan was ranked in the top 68 performing health systems (all sizes) and in the top 23 small health systems across the nation.

“What an honor this is and one to be celebrated! To receive top quintile recognition three years in a row is incredible evidence of our consistency and success in delivering our patients the very best in quality health care,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health. “In addition to quality, our patient experience scores are applauded. In fact, we recently met our goal to achieve benchmark patient experience scores within our Medical Centers, MidMichigan Physicians Group, Emergency Departments, Home Health, and Urgent Cares. We couldn’t be prouder. It truly is the dedication of our employees, health care providers and volunteers that are making these achievements possible.”

Moving into the future, MidMichigan Health intends to build on their success.

“There is so much happening across our health system that will greatly impact our patients in the areas we serve. We have our new Emergency Department at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch opening in June, construction of a new patient tower at our Medical Center in Alpena underway, mothers and families enjoying the new Maternity Center at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot, growing Health Parks in Bay City, Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant, a new Orchard Building on the Medical Center campus in Midland ready to open next month, a new way of health care delivery being explored at our Medical Center in Clare, and a world-class Heart and Vascular Center in Midland opening in summer 2020,” said Postler-Slattery. “These projects have been developed to serve the growing needs of our patients. We will continue to achieve the goals we set forth all while providing nothing but the highest quality care, in the safest possible manner, to everyone who comes through our doors.”

The IBM Watson Health Top Health Systems study, formerly the Truven Health Analytics® study, delivers a rigorous, aggregate analysis of system metrics from individual hospital data. That data is then used to identify top-performing systems in the nation, according to a balanced scorecard of measures derived from publicly available clinical, operational and patient perception of care data. Those interested in learning more may visit www.ibm.com/watson/health.

MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. The MidMichigan Health Foundation supports patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services and programs. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 7,400 employees, volunteers and physicians and provided more than $144 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2018.

Those interested in more information about MidMichigan Health may visit www.midmichigan.org/about. Or, for those interested in learning more about MidMichigan Health’s leadership in measurable quality such as accreditations, physician and nurse credentials, advanced technology, patient satisfaction and other awards may visit www.midmichigan.org/quality.