Vital Signs. Location: Eau Claire, Wis. Type: Nonprofit, physician-led integrated health system, including three rural critical access hospitals (nonteaching) and 220-physician multi-specialty clinic with 12 outpatient locations Beds: 305. Distinction: Top 1 percent of hospitals in composite of 22 process-of-care quality measures among roughly 2,000 hospitals (about half of acute care hospitals in the U.S.) eligible for this analysis; also scored in top 1 percent of hospitals for prevention of surgical infections. Timeframe: Second quarter of 2006 through first quarter of 2007. To be included, hospitals must have submitted data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all 22 measures, with a minimum of at least 30 cases for at least one measure in each of four clinical areas. See Appendix A for full methodology.
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