Lakeland Health Named One of the Nation's 15 Top Health Systems
Apr 25, 2017 Share

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health was recently named one of the nation’s 15 Top U.S. health systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Lakeland Health was also recognized as a Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospital in 2013.

This year’s 15 Top Health Systems study evaluated 337 health systems and 2,924 member hospitals to identify the 15 U.S. health systems with the highest overall achievement on a balanced scorecard. The scorecard is based on the 100 Top Hospitals national balanced scorecard methodologies and focuses on five performance domains: inpatient outcomes, process of care, extended outcomes, efficiency, and patient experience.

“Being recognized as one of the 15 top health systems in the nation is a direct reflection of the work our team members are doing each and every day to provide high quality, compassionate care to our friends and neighbors in southwest Michigan,” said Loren B. Hamel, MD, President & CEO, Lakeland Health.

Based on the results of this year’s study, winning health systems were able to achieve the following compared to non-winning peer systems:

  • 17.5 percent shorter wait times in the emergency department
  • 13.4 percent fewer in-hospital deaths
  • 8.5 percent fewer complications
  • 10.2 percent shorter length of hospital stays

"The study recognizes these 15 health systems that have proven it is possible to drive down expense while improving the quality of care,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “More importantly, the leaders of these health systems are demonstrating the power of aligning best practices across multiple hospitals to achieve greater levels of efficiency while delivering higher overall standards of care.” 

The winning hospitals were announced in the April 24th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information, visit

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics®, IBM Watson Health™, provides market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics and domain expertise. For more than 40 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 US and around the world. The company was acquired by IBM in 2016 to help form a new business, Watson Health. Watson Health aspires to improve lives and give hope by delivering innovation to address the world’s most pressing health challenges through data and cognitive insights.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler ® and ActionOI ®. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, IL and Denver, CO.

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