Bolivar Medical Center Selected Among the Nation's Top Performance Improvement Leaders by Thomson Reuters


CLEVELAND, MS. - Bolivar Medical Center has been named one of the nation's performance improvement leaders by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

The recognition means that Bolivar Medical Center was one of a hundred hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2002-2006). The 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, and financial stability.

Findings from the fifth edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Performance Improvement Leaders  study appear in the August 11, 2008, issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

The hospital's Chief Executive Officer Wes Sigler is obviously pleased.  "Our goal is to provide the region with the best care possible," he said.  "To have an independent study validate our staff's hard work over the past five years is especially gratifying.  This recognition is a credit to the everyday efforts of our medical staff, department leaders, and employees, who do an excellent job serving our patients and this community."

Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters, says the award recognizes hospitals whose employees and leadership teams have focused on "...improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities."

The Thomson Reuters "100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders" study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002 through 2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

The study rated hospitals on eight factors - patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, and small community hospitals.   Bolivar was one of the 20 facilities honored in the medium hospital category.

About Bolivar Medical Center

Bolivar Medical Center is a 106-bed facility, fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Located at 901 Highway 8 East, the hospital provides a full range of services including 24-hour emergency care, inpatient and outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, and a 35-bed long term care unit.  Bolivar Medical Center is part of LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., a leading hospital company dedicated to providing quality healthcare in non-urban communities.  Of the Company's 48 hospitals, 44 are in communities such as Cleveland where LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider. LifePoint Hospitals' operating philosophy focuses on five guiding principles that outline the company's vision:  delivering compassionate, high quality patient care; supporting physicians; creating an outstanding environment for employees; providing unmatched community value; and ensuring fiscal responsibility.

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