50 great health systems to know | 2015

Becker’s Hospital Review is pleased to present its list of 50 Great Health Systems to Know, an accompaniment to the list of 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2015.

The 50 health systems on this list range in size and location but are tied together in their pursuit to provide high-quality healthcare to the communities they serve.

To compile this list, the Becker’s editorial team conducted research, choosing systems that have several awards for clinical and general excellence. The team also queried healthcare leaders on what systems stood out to them in terms of overall excellence, and those systems were considered for inclusion.

The following are profiles of 50 great nonprofit health systems in the U.S., listed alphabetically.

Note: This list is not a ranking. Health systems could not pay for inclusion on this list.

Adventist Health System (Altamonte Springs, Fla.). While this system is based in Florida, it has 45 facilities spanning 10 states with nearly 8,100 licensed beds. It was established in 1973 to support and strengthen the Seventh-day Adventist healthcare organizations in the region.

The system employs more than 74,000 people in its hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and headquarters. Adventist is a four-time recipient of the Gallup Great Workplace Award, recognizing the system’s ability to create an engaged workplace culture.

In April, Adventist received three awards from Heart of Florida United Way — one was the Chairman’s Award for exceeding volunteer, leadership and financial expectations, another was the Community Champion Award for using best practices to increase donor participation and the other was for Don Jernigan, the system’s president and CEO, who received the Executive Champion Award.

Advocate Health Care (Downers Grove, Ill.). Advocate, a faith-based, nonprofit health system based in the Chicago suburbs, is the largest health system in Illinois. The system was formed in 1995 by a merger between Evangelical Health Systems Corp. and Lutheran General HealthSystem, which have histories dating back to 1906 and 1897, respectively. Now 20 years old, Advocate offers more than 250 care sites, including 12 acute-care hospitals. It also boasts the state’s largest integrated children’s network.

The system is soon to grow even larger, as it is planning a merger with Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University Health System. The merger is still under FTC review. If approved, it would form a 16-hospital system called Advocate NorthShore Health Partners.

Advocate is widely respected for care quality, as Truven Health Analytics named it as one of its 15 Top Health Systems in 2014, and many of its hospitals make Truven’s list of 100 Top Hospitals and are Magnet-recognized for nursing excellence.

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