Mercy Medical Center of Baltimore is the only Maryland hospital on the annual "Top 100" list issued yesterday by HCIA Inc., the Baltimore health data company, and William M. Mercer Inc., a national consulting firm.
The rankings are based on statistics including death and complication rates, average lengths of stay, profitability and financial reserves, and shifting from inpatient to outpatient care.
Hospitals are grouped into categories -- small rural hospitals and large teaching hospitals, for example -- and compared with their peers.
Of the 100 on this year's list, 42 were repeaters from last year. Johns Hopkins Hospital, St. Agnes Hospital and Greater Baltimore Medical Center have made the list at least once in the four years it has been issued. The only hospital in the country that has made the list all four years is Brigham & Women's Hospital of Boston.
If all hospitals performed as well as the top 100, HCIA said, death rates would drop 23 percent and the system would save $27 billion a year.
"This study continues to prove that where competition is the fiercest, performance is driven to the highest levels," said George D. Pillari, HCIA chairman.
Pub Date: 12/10/96