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Palomar Health ranked among top 20 percent of health systems in U.S.

Palomar Health ranks in the top 20% of small health systems in the U.S., according to a study by Truven Health Analytics in Modern Health­care magazine.

The Truven study is “uniquely fo­cused on measuring the impact of managerial excellence” and includes “top performing health systems.” In addition to selecting the top 15 health systems, Truven divides all health sys­tems it measures into quintiles by the size of the system, each made up of 20 percent of the systems, and the quin­tiles are each ranked highest to lowest.

Palomar Health was rated in the top quintile, or top 20 percent, as ex­plained by the excerpt from the Tru­ven report below:

Following are several highlights of how the top quintile systems outper­formed their lowest quintile peers: . They had much better patient out­comes — lower mortality and compli­cations rates. . They followed accepted care proto­cols for core measures more closely. . They had lower mean 30-day mor­tality rates (includes AMI, HF, pneu­monia, COPD, and stroke patients). . They had lower mean 30-day re­admission rates (includes AMI, HF, pneumonia, hip/knee arthroplasty, COPD, and stroke patients). . They had much lower mean ED wait times, with an average difference of almost 45 minutes. . They were more efficient, releasing patients more than three-quarters of a day sooner than the lowest perform­ers and at a 6.6-percent lower episode cost (MSPB). . They scored over 12 points higher on the HCAHPS overall patient rating of care. . They had much better patient out­comes — lower mortality and compli­cations rates.

-Source: Truven Health Analytics 15 Top Health Systems Study, 2016

“We at Palomar Health are extreme­ly proud of being designated among the top 20 percent of health systems of similar size,” said Robert A. Hemker, President and CEO of Palomar Health. “We work hard to improve upon the standards of excellence that the Tru­ven Analytics report measures and these are reflected in our core values of patient first, compassionate care, professionalism, and the highest and most innovative quality of care.”

The Truven study “measures relative balanced performance across a range of organizational key performance in­dicators — reflecting care quality, use of evidence-based medicine, post-dis­charge outcomes, operational efficien­cy, and customer perception of care.”

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