Three years ago, President/CEO Tommy Inzina announced a goal for BayCare to reach the top 20% of large health care systems nationally by 2021, as measured by Truven Health Analytics (now IBM Watson Health).
On April 23, Tommy announced we’ve already made it.
“I have some great news to share. IBM Watson Health (formerly Truven) has just ranked BayCare in the 86th percentile nationally,” he wrote in an email to all team members. “Our goal was to be in the top 20% by 2021, so that means we’ve met our goal two years early and that’s something to celebrate.”
Out of 110 large hospital systems that IBM Watson studied for this year’s report, BayCare was the only one in Florida to make the top 20%.
The company compared the hospital systems using publicly available clinical, operational, financial and patient experience data. Hospital systems are rated on the data – they cannot apply for the study.
BayCare has been climbing up the percentile rankings in recent years, achieving improvement from 2013 through 2017 at a rate faster than 99 percent of other large health systems. Watson Health congratulated BayCare on its outstanding improvement rate.
Tommy noted that BayCare has won a lot of recognition lately, including several workplace awards and star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The recognition is “fantastic, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” he said.
While the IBM Watson ranking is cause for celebration, BayCare’s “true north” remains clinical excellence, Tommy said, and we will continue working hard to improve all clinical outcomes for our patients.