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IBM Watson Health: Methodist Hospital among 100 Top Hospitals

Top 100 outperform peer hospitals in clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction and lower cost

March 13, 2019

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. – Methodist Hospital is one of the nation’s top performing hospitals according to an annual study by IBM Watson Health. The study uses public data to identify the hospitals that achieve the following outcomes:

  • Higher survival rates
  • Fewer complications and infections
  • Shorter length of stay
  • Shorter wait times in the emergency department
  • Lower inpatient costs
  • Higher patient satisfaction

This is the fifth time Methodist Hospital has been named a Top 100 Hospital.

“This recognition is the result of our team members putting patients at the center of everything they do,” said Jennifer Myster, President of Methodist Hospital. “This award speaks not only to the dedication of our teams and the consistently high quality of care they provide, but also to the affordability of our care and the unique, compassionate patient experience we provide.”

IBM Watson Health estimates that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated at Methodist Hospital and other Top 100 hospitals:

  • 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
  • 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.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information, visit

About Methodist Hospital

Methodist Hospital is part of HealthPartners, the largest consumer-governed, non-profit health care organization in the nation with a mission to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients and the community. Methodist Hospital is renowned for high-quality patient care, medical expertise and disease management. It is recognized as an area leader in cancer, cardiovascular and maternity care, and neuro-rehabilitation medicine, with experts who are highly trained to provide patients with personalized care and treatment. For more information, 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.

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