Delray Medical Center (5352 Linton Blvd.; 561/498-4440; delraymedicalctr.com) was recently named a Top 100 Hospital by Thompson Reuters, a leading provider of information services. Unlike other studies where the winners apply to be nominated and sometimes pay to market the honor, this annual study uses objective research and independent public data to recognize the best U.S. hospitals.

Approximately 3,000 hospitals were measured in 10 categories: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and re-admission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure and pneumonia. Only short-term, acute-care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of patients were used in the study.

Even more impressive, Delray Medical Center was awarded the prestigious Everest Award, which was given to only 12 hospitals nationwide for achieving the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

“It’s a true honor to be named one of the country’s 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters, and be one of only a handful of hospitals around the country to earn the Everest Award,” said Mark Bryan, CEO of Delray Medical Center. “It is Delray Medical Center’s mission to remain a national health care leader committed to top performance and patient quality.”

According to Thompson Reuters, if all hospitals performed at the same level as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

  • More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $4.3 billion could be saved.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

Florida did really well in general, with 13 hospitals making the Top 100. Closest in our area are Martin Health System in Stuart, Northwest Medical Center in Margate, and Cleveland Clinic in Weston.

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Health Event of the Week

This Saturday, June 16, at the Old School Square Pavilion (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) is the

Healthy & Free Juneteenth Celebration, from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. The event is a free, family fun day with live entertainment, fashion shows, dance performances, a kids' area, and food and merchandise booths. Free health screenings will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is presented by One Love-One Community Foundation, Inc. and the kids play area is courtesy of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club. For more information, call 954-607-8989.