Metro Area CHI Health Hospitals Named One of the Nation's 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics

Article Date: Apr 27, 2015

OMAHA, NE – For the third consecutive year, the CHI Health hospitals in the Omaha area have been named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics™. Formerly known as Alegent Creighton Health and now part of CHI Health - the clinically integrated network organized by UniNet was the only health system in Nebraska or Iowa to be named to the list.

The 2015 Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study analyzed data from 341 health systems and 2,841 member hospitals to identify 15 U.S. health systems that achieved superior performance based on a composite score of nine measures of care quality, patient perception of care, episode-of-illness cost and operational efficiency.

“It is quite an achievement to be named one of the top 15 health systems in the nation and one of the top five medium-sized systems for three straight years,” said Cliff Robertson, MD, chief executive officer for CHI Health. “This honor from Truven illustrates that our investment in value-based care is working and that we are doing what is right for our patients with our three-part commitment to transparency, accountability and affordability.”

The only study of its kind to aggregate rigorous analysis of individual hospital performance metrics into system-level data, the Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study provides hospital administrators and boards of directors with crucial, evidence-based insights into the effectiveness of health system leadership, organizational performance and management alignment. The annual study is part of the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® program, the national standard for objective hospital quality evaluation.

"This year's health system winners are setting the national standard for higher quality, efficiency and patient perception of care, which together mean higher value for each community served,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Truven Health Analytics. “These leadership teams are transforming their systems more rapidly than their peers, and they are, or stand to become, outstanding partners with employers and other stakeholders in setting goals for improving community health.”

Among the key findings in the Truven study were:

  • Lower Cost per Episode: The winning 15 Top Health Systems spent 7 percent less per care episode than nonwinning peer systems.

  • Better Survival Rates: The winning systems also experienced 1.2 percent fewer deaths than nonwinning peer systems.

  • Fewer Complications: Patients of the winning health systems had 5 percent fewer complications than patients in other systems.

  • Better Patient Safety and Core Measures Adherence: The top health systems had a 10.9 percent better patient safety performance and better adherence to core measures of care than their peers.

“Health care is always evolving, but we are focused on keeping our patients at the center of that care, improving performance and bringing costs down,” said Robertson. “Those are the same kinds of things that Truven looked at when they analyzed 341 health systems and chose only one health system in Nebraska and Iowa to be honored.”

To perform the study, Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed public information, including Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website. Researchers from the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program have analyzed and reported on the performance of individual hospitals since 1993. For more information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

About CHI Health

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 15 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities and more than 150 employed physician practice locations in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa. More than 12,000 employees comprise the workforce of this network that includes 2,820 licensed beds and serves as the primary teaching partner of Creighton University’s health sciences schools. In fiscal year 2014, the organization provided a combined $149.3 million in quantified community benefits including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With locations stretching from North Platte, Neb. to Missouri Valley, Iowa, the health network is the largest in Nebraska and serves residents of Nebraska and southwest Iowa. For more information, visit online at CHI Health .

About Truven Health Analytics

Truven Health Analytics delivers the answers that clients need to improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 30 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need to make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan, 100 Top Hospitals, Advantage Suite, Micromedex, Simpler, ActionOI, Heartbeat Experts, and JWA. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit


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