Genesis Health System has been named to the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list. This is the first time ever that an Iowa health system has been recognized. 

IBM Watson Health has identified the top health systems from a rigorous evaluation of 332 health systems and 2,492 hospitals that are members of health systems. 

The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. IBM Watson Health established the list to determine top performance benchmarks that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance. 

“This recognition acknowledges the exceptional standard of quality our entire Genesis staff practices every day to benefit our patients,’’ said Doug Cropper, president and CEO, Genesis Health System. “It is a high honor to be recognized with other health systems across the country with long histories of providing excellent safety and patient outcomes.

“To become the first Iowa health system to earn top 15 recognition is a tribute to the dedication of every Genesis employee,” Cropper said.

Genesis Communications Specialist Craig Cooper said, “This recognition demonstrates Genesis Health System’s ongoing commitment to prioritize patient-centered care, particularly during this very disruptive and challenging time.” 

As compared to their peer health systems, the hospitals included on the list had better results on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, and patient experience, IBM Watson Health said. 

These include lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications, considering patient severity; care that resulted in fewer hospital acquired infections; higher influenza immunization rates; lower 30-day re-admission rates; shorter lengths of stay; faster emergency care; higher scores on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience; and lower episode-of-care expenses for the in-hospital through the aftercare process.

“Hospitals, health systems and the dedicated clinicians and staff who work at these organizations have emerged as true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are grateful to be able to recognize these extraordinary leaders,” said Dr. Kyu Rhee, vice president and chief health officer of IBM Watson Health. 

“From small to large health systems, the organizations on this list demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation,” he said. 

“It is clear that the COVID-19 crisis will be a catalyst for reinvention, and we believe these top-performing health systems are positioned to emerge stronger and smarter out of this crisis,” Rhee added.