Cone Health Named One of Top 15 Health Systems in America

Cone Health Named One of Top 15 Health Systems in America

Top health system patients are less likely to die, to have complications or return to the hospital with the same problem.

Greensboro – Cone Health has been named to the 2022 Fortune/Merative 15 Top Health Systems list. This honor recognizes Cone Health as one of the top performing health systems in the U.S. The annual list was published by Fortune. No other North Carolina systems are on the list.  

According to Merative’s 2022 Top 15 Health System study, patients cared for by the 15 health systems on this list are 14% less likely to die, 9% less likely to have a complication and 4.7% less likely to get an infection while in the hospital. They are likely to go home sooner and are less likely to return to the hospital within 30-days. Patient experience and efficiency are two other facets of this award.

“From someone’s first encounter with a doctor or other provider, to the wheelchair ride to the car, to their last rehabilitation visit, every team member at Cone Health strives to deliver nothing short of the best health care and an outstanding customer experience,” says Dr. Marlon Priest, chief clinical officer, Cone Health. “This honor validates that commitment and means that you can find some of the best health care in America at Cone Health.”

Merative, a data, analytics and technology partner to health care, identified the top health systems from a rigorous evaluation of 349 health systems and 3,206 hospitals that are members of health systems. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. Merative, formerly IBM Watson Health, established the list to help identify top performance benchmarks that may help other health care organizations achieve consistent, balanced and sustainable high performance.

Recognition as one of the Fortune/Merative 15 Top Health Systems demonstrates Cone Health’s ongoing commitment to prioritize patient-centered care. As compared to their peer health systems, the organizations included on the Fortune/Merative 15 Top Health Systems list had better results on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, and patient experience. These include lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications, considering patient severity; care that resulted in fewer health care-associated infections; and lower 30-day readmission rates.

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