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Garden City Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

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Garden City Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by

IBM Watson Health

Garden City, Michigan – March 5, 2019 – Garden City Hospital was named this week as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. list based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 10 clinical and operational areas addressing: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean healthcare-associated infection index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, mean emergency department throughput, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient expense per discharge, adjusted operating profit margin, and HCAHPS score. (patient rating of overall hospital performance). The study has been conducted annually since 1993. IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 3,156 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals. Garden City Hospital is the only hospital in Wayne County to earn this distinction in 2019.

Garden City Hospital is also among 15 hospitals to also earn the 2019 IBM Watson Everest Award. These are hospitals that earned the 100 Top Hospitals designation and are also among the top 100 for rate of improvement during a five-year period.

“Garden City Hospital became a part of Prime Healthcare family in 2014. During this five-year period, our top priority has been improving patient care,” said Saju George, CEO Garden City Hospital and Regional CEO for Prime Healthcare. “We relentlessly focused our efforts on process improvements, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction while keeping costs competitive for our customers. This truly reflects the entire hospital team’s effort and we are so grateful and proud of everyone involved.”

“We are proud of Garden City Hospital’s recognition, which is evidence that the entire team is focused on the same goals – delivering safe, high-quality care and the best patient experience possible,’’ said Paryus Patel, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare Division II. “It’s an incredible feat to receive this quality recognition for a second time. Congratulations to the board members, leadership, physicians and staff whose dedicated efforts made this honor possible.”

Based on the results of this year’s study, we extrapolate that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 103,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 38,000 additional patients could be complication-free;
  • More than $8.2 billion in inpatient costs could be saved; and
  • Approximately 155,000 fewer discharged patients would be readmitted within 30 days.

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes, the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

All research was based on the following public data sets: Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply for awards, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

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About Garden City Hospital: Garden City Hospital is a 153-bed community hospital with a full range of services and off-site locations. GCH has provided over 70 years of caring to the residents of western Wayne County, Michigan. For the past three years, the hospital has been ranked nationally for clinical excellence with a 5-Star Overall Quality Award ™ from Health Grades and has earned an “A” patient safety grade from the Leapfrog Group and was named a Top 100 Hospital and Everest Award® winner by Watson IBM™ in 2019. The hospital has also been awarded separate Five Star Awards for 2019 for pacemaker procedures, hip fracture treatment, gallbladder removal surgery and treatment of sepsis from Health Grades and is a Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center for Hip & Knee Replacement and Maternity Care. The ER at GCH is a Trauma III designation. GCH has earned HFAP certification as a primary stroke center and Gold Plus standing from the American Heart Association. Learn more at

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 43,500 jobs in 14 states. Fourteen of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity with a mission of providing quality, compassionate healthcare for all. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 38 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime Healthcare is the only "Top 10 Health System" west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit

About IBM Watson Health

Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest health care challenges, including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more.