French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation, according to a comparison of 2,886 hospitals by Thomson Reuters, a New-York based news and research company.
The hospital also received the Everest Award for having one of the greatest rates of improvement among the top 100 hospitals over five years.
The 2011 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study used publicly available data in Medicare and Medicaid reports from 2007 to 2010 to rate patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.
It compares hospitals only against similar facilities in terms of size and teaching status.
French Hospital did not apply for this study, which has been completed annually since 1993.
Based on analysis of Medicare inpatients over one year, the study determined that if all hospitals performed at the same level as the 100 top hospitals, more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved, approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free, more than $4.3 billion could be saved, and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
— Tribune staff report