Cedar City Hospital rises among nation’s top hospitals – St George News

ST. GEORGE- If hospitals were ranked like popular music groups like BTS and Billie Eilish, Cedar City Hospital would climb the pop charts.

Undated photo of the main entrance to Cedar City Hospital, Cedar City, Utah | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Hospital, St. George News

This month, Fortune magazine ranked the Iron County Medical Facility as the fourth best small community hospital in the nation in its annual report. List of Top 100 Hospitals. This is one more than Intermountain Healthcare Hospital’s 2021 ranking.

Cedar City Hospital Administrator Eric Packer told St. George News/Cedar City News he was “delighted” with the rankings, but also indicated that this was not a case where he didn’t. was not deserved.

“We believe the quality of care here at Cedar City Hospital is on par with the best facilities in the country,” Packer said. “We all know that Cedar City and Iron County is a wonderful place to live, and the quality of health care reflects, I think, the quality of life that we enjoy here.”

The ranking uses IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence system to examine the clinical, operational and financial parameters of 2,650 hospitals and narrows them down to 100 top scorers.

Undated photo of medical workers at Cedar City Hospital, Cedar City, Utah | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Hospital, St. George News

“This award comes from one of the most comprehensive studies of hospitals nationwide regarding the quality of care they provide to the community – not only in terms of clinical measures, but also measures of patient satisfaction. , cost, how a patient behaves after being in the hospital, and even how much we support and advance community health,” Packer said.

According to Fortune’s criteria, small community hospitals are those with 25 to 99 beds in operation. There were 899 small community hospitals analyzed by IBM and Fortune, of which 20 made the list. St. George Regional Hospital, which recently increased its capacity to 294 bedsbelongs to the category of large hospitals (more than 249 beds).

Cedar City Hospital is a 49-bed facility. This is the 11th time the hospital has made the top 100 list. Another Utah hospital, Alta View Hospital (also an Intermountain facility) in Sandy, earned the nation’s highest ranking among small community hospitals.

Unlike Alta View, which earned four stars for its financial health, Cedar City earned perfect five-star ratings in the four main ranking categories: clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health.

There were eight hospitals in Utah that made the top 100, tied with California for third among U.S. states behind Florida (11 hospitals) and Texas (12).

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