BRISTOL – The intensive care unit at Bristol Regional Medical Center ranks among the 100 top ICUs in the nation, according to a landmark study released Tuesday.

Bristol Regional is one of only two teaching hospitals in Tennessee – and one of just four Tennessee hospitals overall – to make the list of 100 top ICUs. WBRMC is the only hospital in Northeast Tennessee or Southwest Virginia included in the ranking.

The study was conducted by the Solucient Leadership Institute, formerly HCIA-Sachs, and is the first-ever comparative look at ICU performance across all the nation’s hospitals.

“We are honored to have been recognized as one of the nation’s elite ICUs,” said WBRMC President Bart Hove. “The Solucient study confirms what the people of Bristol already know – our ICU physicians and employees deliver an unsurpassed level of patient care.

“I commend these men and women for their exemplary performance and dedication to the provision of outstanding critical care.”

The Solucient study was based on Medicare data and rated intensive care units at 1,200 hospitals on four measures: death rates; complications; how long patients stayed in the units; and cost of care. Top-scoring hospitals had shorter stays, lower costs and fewer deaths and complications.

Solucient is the nation’s largest healthcare information clearinghouse. The company was formed by the merger of HBSI and HCIA-Sachs, the same firm that in 1999 recognized Holston Valley Medical Center as one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals.


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