COLUMBIA CITY — For the first time, Parkview Whitley Hospital was listed among the 100 top hospitals in the nation, hospital leaders announced last week.

The Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals award recognizes facilities in the U.S. for outstanding performance in national benchmarks for patient care, operational efficiency and financial stability.

Additionally, PWH was one of only 15 hospitals in the nation to receive an Everest Award from Watson Health. The Everest Award recognizes hospitals that have simultaneously achieved the highest level of current performance along with the fastest long-term improvement over five years.

“We are extremely proud that our focus on providing world-class care with an emphasis on constant improvement has resulted in earning these prestigious awards,” said Scott Gabriel, president, PWH. “To be ranked among top performers of hospitals of similar size in the entire United States is quite an accomplishment. The additional Everest Award reflects a dedication to consistency and continuous improvement in care delivery — all to better serve our patients and their families. It underscores the hard work and commitment of the talented team we’ve been fortunate to assemble here at Parkview Whitley.”

PWH was among the honorees whose performance received praise based on the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals study, which has been conducted annually since 1993. The study uses independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in 11 areas: inpatient mortality, 30-day mortality rate, complications, core measures, 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted average length of stay, mean emergency room throughput, inpatient expense per discharge, Medicare spend per beneficiary, adjusted operating profit margin and Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems score (patient rating of overall hospital performance).

“At a time when research shows that the U.S. spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as other high-income countries, yet still has poorer population health outcomes, the 100 Top Hospitals are bucking the trend by delivering consistently better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The hospitals on this list represent the current vanguard in value-based care and we applaud their commitment to quality.”

For more information, visit 100tophospitals.com.