Sherman Oaks Hospital Named 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for Third Consecutive Year


SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., March 8, 2018 – Sherman Oaks Hospital today announced that it has been
recognized as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM for the third year in a
row, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Formerly known as the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, this
study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze
hospital and health system performance in 11 areas: inpatient mortality; 30-day mortality rate;
complications; core measures; 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate; severity-adjusted average length of stay; mean emergency room throughput; inpatient expense per discharge; Medicare spend per beneficiary; adjusted operating profit margin; and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare
Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) score (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study hasbeen conducted annually since 1993.

“As a community hospital, our team dedicated themselves to transforming Sherman Oaks
Hospital into an award-winning facility that takes local needs into consideration and always puts the
patient first,” said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Prime Healthcare - Division I, and Chief
Medical Officer, Sherman Oaks Hospital and Encino Hospital Medical Center. “Three years in a row
Sherman Oaks Hospital has been named one of the America’s 100 Top Hospitals, and this honor
validates our hospital’s mission and the outstanding teamwork exhibited to continuously deliver on our commitment to quality, outcomes, patient safety, and clinical excellence.”

Based on the results of this year’s study, we extrapolate that if all Medicare inpatients received the
same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 102,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 43,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $4.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved;
  • Approximately 200,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“The country’s best hospitals have proven that an unrelenting focus on quality, supported by
constant measurement against peer performance benchmarks, can drive improved outcomes while
reducing costs and growing profit margins,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, 100 Top
Hospitals Programs, IBM Watson Health. “Congratulations to this 25th anniversary class of 100 Top
Hospitals who have helped raise the bar for healthcare in the U.S. and improve the healthcare
experiences of the people in their communities.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 5th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
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