Healthcare IT News’ Best Hospital IT Departments 2016: Meet the winners

See which providers earned the prestigious award and read about how we determined the IT shops that are the best of the best.

By Mike Miliard

Healthcare IT News revealed the 20 winners of our 2016 Best Hospital IT Department Awards.

To be considered as a qualifying Best Hospital IT Department, at least 50 percent of a team’s staffers had to take our survey. All told, more than 4,300 hospital IT employees completed the poll.

Nominations opened May 24, 2016 and 97 different IT departments nationwide made their case.

On July 21, each of the nominees was emailed a link to a secure online employee satisfaction survey, and instructed to distribute it among all department staff: management, supervisors, full-time and contract employees.

Collection of survey data ended on August 26. Of the nominated hospitals, 44 met the 50 percent participation threshold.

Of these finalists, 10 qualified for the “Super” category (200-plus IT employees), 8 for the “Large” category (76 to 199 employees), 10 for the “Medium” category (26-75 employees) and 16 for the “Small” category (25 or fewer employees).

For the first time, researchers at HIMSS Analytics crunched the numbers with us to determine this year’s winners.

“Using multivariate analysis, the results were analyzed and weighted according to the relative importance measure for each qualifying question response, from which we were able to calculate a composite score for each qualifying organization,” said Brendan Fitzgerald, director of research at HIMSS Analytics, in explaining the ranking criteria. “We took it a step further and analyzed the relative importance of each individual indicator for the detailed questions to come up with a detailed score summary.”

With help from supplemental information derived from HIMSS Analytics’ Logic database and other data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, we’ll be rolling out a series of articles, charts and infographics on throughout the month of November to explore the effects of a variety of factors on workplace morale.

Learn more about the winning IT departments below.

The winning hospitals:

Small Hospitals

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, Louisana
#1 Small Hospital

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Mahaska Health Partnership, Iowa
#2 Small Hospital

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Henry County Medical Center, Tennessee
#3 Small Hospital

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Torrance Memorial Health System, California
#4 Small Hospital

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Burgess Health Center, Iowa
#5 Small Hospital

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Medium Hospitals

Tuality Healthcare, Oregon
#1 Medium Hospital

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Silver Cross Hospital, Illinois
#2 Medium Hospital

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Carroll Hospital, Maryland
#3 Medium Hospital

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Kennedy Health System, New Jersey
#4 Medium Hospital

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Stamford Health, Connecticut
#5 Medium Hospital

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Large Hospitals

Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona
#1 Large Hospital

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Georgia
#2 Large Hospital

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Inspira Health Network, New Jersey
#3 Large Hospital

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St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Kentucky
#4 Large Hospital

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Roper St. Francis, South Carolina
#5 Large Hospital

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Super Hospitals

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, Tennessee
#1 Super Hospital

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Ochsner Health System, Louisiana
#2 Super Hospital

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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, California
#3 Super Hospital

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Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey
#4 Super Hospital

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Mission Health System, North Carolina
#5 Super Hospital

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