Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance Named Among Nation's 100 Top Hospitals

March 14, 2013

For the second straight year, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics in its annual study aimed at improving the cost and quality of health care.

Truven’s highly respected analysis, formerly known as the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study, made the announcement this week. Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance is the only hospital in the Beach Cities Communities included in the 100 Top Hospitals.

“Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance is built on a strong tradition of excellence, compassion and innovation, and this inspires all of us to keep striving for the next level in quality patient care,” said Liz Dunne, the hospital’s chief executive. “We are honored to be included among the top quality hospitals in the nation.”

In a letter notifying Dunne of the achievement, Jean Chenoweth, Truven’s senior vice president of performance improvement, said the designation as a top hospital indicates the hospital and medical staff have set national benchmarks for the highest performance in the nation

“Your hospital is more likely to have systems to safeguard patients from medical errors, to provide treatments proven to get results and to deliver effective care at reasonable cost,” Chenoweth wrote. “Your hospital is a reliable provider of high value and effective care to patients and the whole community.”

The 100 Top Hospitals Program evaluates hospital performance in 10 key areas including mortality, adherence to clinical standards, medical complications, patient safety and satisfaction and post-discharge mortality.

“Our physicians and nurses have set the bar high for themselves and have collaborated on research, technique and working as a team to improve patient care,” said Richard Glimp, M.D., chief medical officer. “The result is exceptional quality care for our patients.”

Located in the heart of Los Angeles' South Bay communities, PLCMT has been providing medical care since 1960. The 442-bed hospital admits more than 17,000 patients each year. Specialty programs and services include advanced da Vinci robotic surgery for gynecologic, urologic and cardiac procedures; a Heart Center offering advanced cardiac catheterization and angiography equipment, with coronary angioplasty and open heart surgery; and a Women’s and Children's Health Center offering a full range of educational classes, an inpatient obstetric unit, a family-centered Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and an on-site Perinatal Center providing complete fetal diagnostic testing and genetic counseling.

In the study, Truven researchers evaluated 3,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. Data gathered in the study came from public information sources – Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analyses and Review (MedPar) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for participation in this study and the facilities named for recognition do not pay for this honor.

Other key areas covered by the Truven study are: average patient stay; expenses; profitability; readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) heart failure and pneumonia.

Based on comparisons between the hospitals that received the awards in 2012 and a peer group of similar, high-volume hospitals that were not winners, Truven said it found that if all hospitals performed at the level of the winners, 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 nationally and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.