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Decatur Memorial Hospital Named One of the Nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters


100 Top HospitalsDecatur, Ill. – Decatur Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters.

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“DMH is proud to be one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation,” said Ken Smithmier, DMH President & CEO. “Of the 2,914 hospitals in the U.S. that were evaluated by Thomson Reuters, only 100 were named  Top Hospitals.  From these hospitals, eight were Illinois hospitals, and just one Decatur hospital was awarded this prestigious award–Decatur Memorial Hospital. This nationally recognized award is a testament to the quality of care DMH provides to the people of Decatur and our surrounding communities.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor. Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 28 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals award winners have delivered exemplary results, despite volatility from healthcare reform," said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President at Thomson Reuters. “The leadership teams at these organizations have dealt with enormous ambiguity, yet remained focused on mission and excellence across the hospital which drove national benchmarks to new highs.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.

If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH is a 300-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses twelve state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. For more information, call 217-876-2850.