For the second year, Verispan has singled out high-scoring systems that did not make the top 100 in its Best of the Rest ranking.
The alternative list includes 57 health systems in four geographic regions that scored well but still fell short of the Yardley, Pa.-based consulting firms cutoff for most-integrated networks. Networks outside the Midwest often do not score as well on Verispans 100-point scale because of market conditions or the health systems size, says Subhash Seelam, Verispans senior market manager for acute-care networks. The Best of the Rest recognizes strong health systems that may be handicapped geographically.
In the West, where there are fewer integrated health networks in operation, four health systems made the second-tier ranking. The Billings (Mont.) Clinic, a 344-bed not-for-profit hospital, was the top western network, with a score of 71.72, followed by two-hospital Asante Health System, Medford, Ore., which scored 66.33. Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services, Gallup, N.M., which includes a 90-bed hospital, ranked No. 3 with a score of 63.36.
Of the more than 580 systems included in Verispans survey, 97 operate in the West; 105 operate in the Northeast; 187 operate in the Midwest and 196 are located in the South.
Top finishers in the South and Midwest tied for the highest scores. In the Southwhere 21 systems ranked among the Best of the RestCook Childrens Health Care System came in at No. 1 with a score of 72.8. The Fort Worth, Texas, not-for-profit operates 248-bed Cook Childrens Medical Center. In the Midwest, Memorial Hospital & Health System in South Bend, Ind., finished with an identical score.
University Health Systems of East Carolina, a six-hospital system in Greenville., N.C. that scored 71.59, ranked second among networks in the South. Columbia, S.C.-based Palmetto Health, a three-hospital system, scored 71.1 and ranked No. 3.
In the Midwest, two Illinois networks ranked No. 2 and No. 3: FHN, which operates 157-bed FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Ill., landed in second place and scored 72.51; three-hospital Memorial Health System, Springfield, Ill., followed with a score of 71.87.
Among Northeast networks, Crozer-Keystone Health System, a two-hospital system in Springfield, Pa., and Lifespan Corp., a four-hospital system in Providence, R.I., tied for the top spot with a score of 72.53. Eastern Connecticut Health Network, a two-hospital system in Manchester, scored 70.14 to rank second, followed by St. Barnabas Health Care System, a seven-hospital system in Orange, N.J., which scored 69.29.