The onslaught of challenges endured by health systems throughout the U.S. over the last two years is well documented. Organizations are still dealing with the aftermath of the pandemic and its never-before-seen impact on staffing and the disruption to supply chains, businesses and life in general. Through it all, providers rose to the occasion and met the challenges head on. I am proud to share that a number of our distinguished HealthTrust members have made the list of the Fortune/Merative 15 Top Health Systems and the 100 Top Hospitals list.

National recognition for members

Ed Jones

Congratulations to Scripps Health (San Diego, California) and St. Luke’s Health System (Boise, Idaho), which were among the 15 Top Health Systems. Another 35 HealthTrust member hospitals are part of the Top 100 Hospitals list. (See below.)

By the numbers

Researchers evaluated publicly available Medicare data on 2,650 U.S. hospitals combined with an organization’s equity-of-care initiatives and contributions to its community in selecting the honorees. indicates that this year’s lists represent those providers that held up best against the pandemic’s ongoing challenges, achieving better results than peer institutions on performance indicators—from clinical outcomes and operational efficiency to patient experience and financial health.

The data demonstrates the impact from the public health crisis, specifically around the cessation of elective procedures early on in the pandemic. In comparison to the previous year, 19.3% of all hospitals had longer lengths of stay, and almost 18% experienced an increase in total expenses per patient.

While some hospitals realized financial and operational declines, the median hospital had better overall quality outcomes in 2020 than in 2019, as well as lower risk-adjusted 30-day rates for complications, readmissions and mortality.

Merative indicates that if all hospitals were to perform at the same level as these honorees, it could potentially mean 104,000 fewer deaths; 55,000 fewer patients with complications; and an inpatient care savings of $12.5 billion.

Annual Member Recognition Awards

Six HealthTrust member organizations were also recognized recently for supply chain and clinical excellence, sustainability and innovation benefitting their patients, communities and stakeholders. Recipients of our annual Member Recognition Awards were celebrated at the HealthTrust University Conference in July. Read more about the following member organizations here.

  • Clinical Excellence | Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Innovation Award | Hackensack Meridian Health
  • Operational Excellence | Community Health Systems
  • Outstanding Member | Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Pharmacy Excellence | Atlantic Health System
  • Social Stewardship—Sustainability | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Ed Jones
President/CEO, HealthTrust
Publisher, The Source magazine

HealthTrust member hospitals that are part of the Top 100 Hospitals list

Teaching Hospitals

  • Ardent—BSA Hospital (Amarillo, Texas)
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Grand Strand Medical Center (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
  • HCA Florida Brandon Hospital (Brandon, Florida)
  • HCA Florida Ocala Hospital (Ocala, Florida)
  • HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital (Orange Park, Florida)
  • Methodist Hospital (San Antonio, Texas)
  • MountainView Hospital (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Rose Medical Center (Denver, Colorado)
  • Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Swedish Medical Center (Englewood, Colorado)
  • Wesley Healthcare Center (Wichita, Kansas)
  • Prime
  • Garden City Hospital (Garden City, Michigan)
  • Saint Michael’s Medical Center (Newark, New Jersey)

Large Community Hospitals

  • El Camino Hospital (Mountain View, California)
  • HCA Healthcare
  • Chippenham Hospital (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Henrico Doctors’ Hospital (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Medical City Arlington (Arlington, Texas)
  • Parkridge Medical Center (Chattanooga, Tennessee)
  • David’s Medical Center (Austin, Texas)
  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • Prime
  • Centinela Hospital Medical Center (Inglewood, California)
  • Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center (Reno, Nevada)

Medium Community Hospitals

  • HCA Healthcare
  • Fairview Park Hospital (Dublin, Georgia)
  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center (Smyrna, Tennessee)
  • TriStar Summit Medical Center (Hermitage, Tennessee)
  • Prime
  • Desert Valley Hospital (Victorville, California)
  • East Liverpool City Hospital (East Liverpool, Ohio)
  • La Palma Intercommunity Hospital (La Palma, California)
  • Lake Huron Medical Center (Port Huron, Michigan)

Small Community Hospitals

  • CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice (Alice, Texas)
  • HCA Healthcare
  • HCA Florida Twin Cities Hospital (Niceville, Florida)
  • Lakeview Hospital (Bountiful, Utah)
  • Lone Peak Hospital (Draper, Utah)
  • Medical City Alliance (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Medical City Las Colinas (Irving, Texas)

WHERE DO YOU EXCEL?  Discuss with your HealthTrust Account Director & submit your application for possible recognition next year. The 2023 Member Recognition Awards site opens in January & closes March 31.

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