April 27, 2021

Denver, CO — The HCA Healthcare Continental Division, which includes HealthONE, has been named to the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list. This is the second consecutive year HealthONE has been recognized with this honor as one of the top performing health systems in the U.S. and the only system in Colorado. The annual list was published today by Fortune.

IBM Watson Health has identified the top health systems from a rigorous evaluation of 324 health systems and 2,522 hospitals that are members of health systems. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify top performance benchmarks that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.

“To be recognized as one of the best health systems in the country once is an exceptional accomplishment. To be recognized twice exemplifies the consistently superlative efforts of our hospital teams,” said Sylvia Young, President and CEO of HCA Healthcare's Continental Division. “We hire top talent with a passion for a safe, compassionate patient experience. From our hospital leadership, to those at the bedside providing direct patient care, to our colleagues in all areas of support services, we have teams whose focus never wavers from fulfilling our mission that ‘Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.' I am honored to work with such talented, caring and devoted colleagues and physicians and serve our communities.”

As part of HCA Healthcare's Continental Division, HealthONE serves the metro Denver area as the largest healthcare system serving tens of thousands of patients each year with the highest-quality care by nurses, providers, and passionate colleagues dedicated to the best possible outcomes for each and every patient. HealthONE's hospitals, which include a pediatric hospital and a behavioral health campus, work together to bring a higher-level of care to patients from across the Rocky Mountain region. HealthONE's long-standing commitment to exceptional patient care in a high-quality environment has been recognized by a variety of third party, independent validators.

This recognition demonstrates HealthONE's ongoing commitment to prioritize patient-centered care. As compared to their peer health systems, the organizations included on the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list had better results on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, and patient experience. These include lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications, considering patient severity; care that resulted in fewer healthcare-associated infections; lower 30-day readmission rates; shorter lengths of stay; faster emergency care; higher scores on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience: and lower episode-of-care expenses for the in-hospital through aftercare process.

“We are proud of all of the hospitals, health systems and their dedicated clinicians and staff included among the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems,” said Irene Dankwa-Mullan, MD, MPH, Chief Health Equity Officer and Deputy Chief Health officer at IBM Watson Health. “These organizations demonstrate a relentless commitment to high value, patient-centered care and innovation and we applaud them for their dedication and achievements.”

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