NMMC gets high national ranking

By NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – North Mississippi Health Services made the cut as one of the top health systems in the country, based on an analysis by a national industry magazine.
Thompson Reuters compiles the annual rankings, which are published in Modern Healthcare magazine.
Tupelo-based NMHS was one of 57 systems in the top 20 percent of 285 health care systems analyzed for the list. The systems were analyzed in a number of quality measures: mortality index, complications index, patient-safety index, core measures, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, average length of stay and patient satisfaction score.
“This honor validates that our organization is focused on the right things,” said John Heer, president and chief executive of the system which includes North Mississippi Medical Center hospitals in Tupelo, Pontotoc, Eupora, Iuka, West Point and Hamilton, Ala., and a regional network of primary and specialty clinics.
“The quality measures used in this study will serve as the basis of the federal government’s Value Based Purchasing Program, which will begin in 2012,” Heer said.
NMHS was the only health care organization in Mississippi to make the list. In neighboring states, the health systems on the list included: Baptist Health, based in Montgomery, Ala.; Covenant Health in Knoxville, Tenn.; Infirmary Health System in Mobile, Ala.; and Oschner Health System in New Orleans.
According to Modern Healthcare, 1,944 hospitals were included in the study’s 285 health systems. Each system averaged 6.8 hospitals.