Providence Hospital Honored as a Top Teaching Hospital

March 4, 2010

Providence Hospital was again ranked as one of the nation’s top 15 major teaching hospitals by one of the country’s leading sources of health care information and research.  The recognition from Thomson Reuters released today, recognizes hospitals that achieve or exceed national benchmark scores for hospital-wide performance. Providence was the only hospital in Michigan to be selected in the Major Teaching Hospital category of Thomson’s 100 Top Hospital’s list. This is Providence’s fourth appearance on the list.

The award honors an elite group of the national award winners. Everest Award winners have reached the highest level of accomplishment on the national Balanced Scorecard and have the fastest rates of long-term improvement. Providence was also one of only 23 hospitals in the country to be named a winner of Thomson’s Everest Award.

The recognition is especially poignant for the American University of the Caribbean community said Chief Academic Officer Dr. Bruce Kaplan.

“Providence Hospital was AUC’s first clinical clerkship hospital, starting in approximately 1982. Currently, the Chair of Radiology, Cardiology, Head of Echocardiography, and many other prominent members of the Medical Staff are AUC alumni, many of whom also did their clerkships and residency at the same institution,’’ said Kaplan.

Kaplan noted that AUC currently plays a prominent role in medical education [at the hospital] by supplying students for core clerkships and elective rotations. The hospital also boasts many AUC alumni as faculty, has several AUC deans and the Chief Academic Officer, who serve as key teachers and administrators to facilitate excellence within the medical education department.

The Thomson study examines performance across five critical areas: clinical outcomes such as lower mortality rates, patient safety, operational efficiency, financial stability and growth. The study also determined that hospitals such as Providence treat sicker patients requiring more complex care, yet have better patient outcomes and lower costs. According to the Thomson study, the 100 Top Hospitals have higher survival rates, keep more patients complication-free, and attract more patients all while maintaining financial stability.