Kirkland-based EvergreenHealth was honored this week as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics, an independent health care research company.

EvergreenHealth was highlighted for its progress in reducing overall expense per patient and for its ability to improve outcomes. Inpatient expense per patient in 21.2 percent lower than the median of all the institutions included in the list.

Evergreen was the only hospital in Washington to be recognized this year.

EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. Photo courtesy EvergreenHealth.

EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. Photo courtesy EvergreenHealth.

“As a health care system, we hold ourselves to the highest standards for providing quality care at the greatest value. To us, that means finding the intersection of exceptional quality, safety, service and price and keeping the patient at the center of all of our decision-making,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte in a statement. “This recognition is a proof-point of our care system’s dedication to those standards and our focus on offering patients the highest quality of value-based health care available.”

Truven CEO Jean Chenoweth noted that this was the first year the data showed a decrease in cost coupled with improved patient outcomes.

If Medicare patients across the nation received the same level of care as is provided by the 100 Top Hospitals, approximately $1.8 billion would be saved in inpatient costs; nearly 126,500 lives would be saved; and almost 109,000 additional patients could be complication-free. If the same standards we applied to all inpatient care facilities, the impact would be larger.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals study was compiled with publicly available data from almost 3,000 short-term, acute-care, non-federal hospitals across the country. The study evaluates performance in 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 score, which is a patient rating of overall hospital performance.