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Metro Health is Named a Top 100 Hospital for Third Year in a Row!

Top 100 For an unprecedented third year in a row, Metro Health Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by a leading independent survey. Metro Health is one of the few hospitals in the nation ever to appear three times consecutively on the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® list.

The 2008 award honors hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, financial performance, efficiency and other benchmarks when compared against their peers. The recognition covered the period of time when Metro Health moved to its new location in Wyoming.

Metro Health was recognized in the "teaching hospitals" category. Metro Health is a leading trainer of osteopathic physicians, training more than 100 physicians and students at all times in close association with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The awards were announced March 30 to Modern Healthcare, the health-care industry’s leading trade journal.

"We are incredibly gratified to join the elite ranks of hospitals who have been recognized by Thomson for three consecutive years," Faas said. "The 100 Top Hospital award underscores the exceptional quality of care that our 2,600 physicians and employees deliver day in and day out.

"While we are honored to have achieved this status three years in a row, the timing is especially noteworthy. Our team maintained its position in this incredibly competitive list during a period when we physically moved our hospital to its new location. This award is a clear testament to the amazing men and women who are part of the Metro team."

Data for the 100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks for Success award was compiled and analyzed by Thomson, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. 3,000 hospitals nationwide were analyzed for their clinical, operational and financial performance.

Metro Health Hospital is a 208-bed general acute care osteopathic teaching hospital that serves more than 130,000 patients in Kent and surrounding counties. Metro Health offers a broad range of services, including inpatient and outpatient services, emergency, surgery, intensive care, rehabilitation, wellness and community education.

The Thomson study analyzes data gathered by Medicare from all hospitals, including Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare data set. According to the study, the highest performance levels in patient safety were achieved by the 100 hospitals in the study that delivered the highest balanced performance across quality, efficiency and financial stability.

Metro Health joins 10 other hospitals from Michigan among the top performers.

Contact: Ellen Bristol, Metro Health Hospital (616) 252-5033
or Mary Ann Sabo, Sabo Public Relations (616)485-1432.

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