Ontario Hospital Recognized as Top 10 Small Community Hospital

By on Thursday, April 29th, 2021 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

ONTARIO, OR – (Release from Saint Alphonsus) Saint Alphonsus Health System today was named one of the Top 15 Health Systems in the country by Fortune/IBM Watson Health.  In addition, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario was recognized as one of the Top 100 hospitals in the country.

Saint Alphonsus, with hospitals in Boise, Nampa, Ontario and Baker City, Oregon, appears on the Top 15 list for the second year in a row.  This is the first year Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario has made the individual top 100 hospital list.

“This is a testament to the dedication, hard work and commitment of our colleagues throughout the health system, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I couldn’t be prouder of how everyone rolled up their sleeves, adapted to trying circumstances, and never lost sight of our mission and obligation to our patients and our communities. I am also proud that we are joined on this the top 15 health system list by St. Luke’s Health System.  It is incredible to have both health systems on such a prestigious list,” said Odette Bolano, President and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System.

IBM Watson Health has identified the top hospitals from a rigorous evaluation of 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in the U.S. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify best practices that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.

“This high honor tells the story about the care and dedication our colleagues pour into their work each day.  They truly have the patients’ best interest at heart, so they strive for excellence on a consistent basis.  That local, caring excellence, paired with the expertise of the larger Saint Alphonsus Health System, has made Saint Alphonsus Ontario an institution the patients and community have confidence in,” said Dina Ellwanger, President and Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario. 

This year’s ranking of top hospitals also introduces a measure of hospitals’ contributions to community health with a focus on equity developed by a team of experts at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity and the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the ranking, hospitals were surveyed across three components: 1) assessing hospital contributions to community health as a provider of critical services for community health and preventive care; 2) identifying ways that hospitals contribute to community health as a community partner teaming up with local organizations to implement critical programs; and 3) focusing on ways that hospitals promote community health through their practices as anchor institutions supporting local economic and social progress. Hospitals received credit for meeting a certain number of best practice standards in each component as part of the survey scoring and the new measure led to a change in ranking for more than one-third of the 100 hospitals. 

For more information, visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/.

About Saint Alphonsus Health System

As a faith-based Catholic ministry and not-for-profit health system, Saint Alphonsus Health System reinvests in the communities we serve, through charity care and other benefits. Our goal is to improve the health and well-being of people by emphasizing care that is patient-centered, physician-led, innovative and community-based.  Saint Alphonsus Health System serves the people of southwestern Idaho, eastern Oregon and northern Nevada through these facilities: Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center – Boise, ID; Saint Alphonsus Regional Rehabilitation Hospital – Boise, ID, a joint venture with Encompass Health; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Nampa, ID; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario, OR; Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City, OR; and Saint Alphonsus Medical Group with primary and specialty care providers at over 70 clinic locations, all of which are members of the Saint Alphonsus Health Alliance, a network of over 2100 employed and independent providers.  Saint Alphonsus is a proud member of Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.  Trinity Health serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 94 hospitals and 122 continuing care facilities, home health and hospice programs, and PACE center locations.  To find out more go to:  www.saintalphonsus.org

About the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® List

The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list is determined using independent and objective research to analyze hospital performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award.  Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry.

About IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals Program’s annual studies result in the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list and IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems serve as a model of excellence for the industry. Visit http://www.100tophospitals.com/  for more information.

About IBM Watson Health

IBM Watson Health is a data, analytics, and technology partner for the health industry. Supported by the innovation of IBM and intelligence of Watson, we are committed to helping build smarter health ecosystems. Through the combination of our deep industry expertise in health, data and analytics, actionable insights, and reputation for security and trust, Watson Health is working together with its clients and partners to help them achieve simpler processes, better care insights, faster breakthroughs, and improved experiences for people around the world. Learn more at ibm.com/watson/health.