Thomson Reuters for the fourth year has named the top 15 health systems in the nation based on clinical quality data from more than 300 organizations.

The selected organizations, in three size ranges, demonstrated lower 30-day mortality rates, better survival rates, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, fewer 30-day readmissions, fewer patient safety events, higher adherence to evidence-based care, and higher patient satisfaction scores than their peers, according to the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based vendor. Data came from the 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review, and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets.

The top five large delivery systems are Banner Health in Phoenix; CareGroup Healthcare System in Boston; Jefferson Health System in Radnor, Pa.; Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston; and St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis.

The top five medium delivery systems are Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass.; Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa.; HCA Central and West Texas Division in Austin; Mission Health System in Asheville, N.C.; and Prime Healthcare Services in Ontario, Calif.

The top five small delivery systems are Baptist Health in Montgomery, Ala.; Maury Regional Healthcare System in Columbia, Tenn.; Poudre Valley Health System in Fort Collins, Colo.; Saint Joseph Regional Health System in Mishawaka, Ind.; and Tanner Health System in Carrollton, Ga. More information is at

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