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

March 05, 2014

Honored for Third Straight Year

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance has earned its second national honor of 2014, named for the third straight year to Truven Health Analytics’ list of America’s 100 Top Hospitals.

The 442-bed medical center was included among large community hospitals on the Truven list and was just one of 13 hospitals across California named to the top 100. The award is based on public data for quality patient care, financial stability and operational efficiency.

In January, Providence Little Company of Mary earned the Distinguished Hospitals Award from Healthgrades, a leading consumer health care web site that produces its own national best hospitals list based on quality care.

“Every single person in our hospital has contributed to these honors,” said Liz Dunne, the hospital’s chief executive. “There is an indefinable spirit within the walls of Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance that drives our staff to provide the best possible patient experience every time. I salute our physicians, nurses, staff members and our volunteers for their dedication to excellence and compassion.”

Truven’s highly respected analysis, formerly known as the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study, was announced Monday. Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance is the only hospital in the Beach Cities communities included in the 100 Top Hospitals.

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 in place to safeguard patients from medical errors, 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. 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.

“Our physicians and nurses continue to continue to embrace new strategies and techniques to further advance the care we provide for our patients,” said Richard Glimp, M.D., chief medical officer. “Their focus is on working as a team to ensure exceptional quality care for our patients.”

Based on comparisons among the hospitals that received the awards in 2013 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 165,000 additional lives could be saved each year; approximately 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free, more than $5.4 billion could be saved nationally and the average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Located in the heart of Los Angeles' South Bay communities, PLCMMCT has been providing medical care since 1960. The 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; the new MAKO robot utilized in knee surgeries, 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.