Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Courtesy of the hospital

For the fourth consecutive year, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been named among the top 100 hospitals in the nation in a study conducted by IBM Watson Health.

The 26th annual Watson 100 Top Hospitals study released this week identified the best hospitals in the United States based on their overall organizational performance, including clinical care metrics and operational data. Previously, the study was known as Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals.

Recognized in the large community hospitals category, Scripps Memorial was the only hospital in San Diego County to make the prestigious list this year.

“We are honored that Scripps La Jolla has been named as one of the top-performing hospitals in the nation,” said Cindy Steckel, chief operations executive at Scripps Memorial. “This honor recognizes the exceptional care we deliver to our patients and our community through our focus on patient safety, superior outcomes and evidence-based treatments.”

The study, which was based on data from 2012 through 2016, found that hospitals on this year’s 100 Top Hospitals list had survival rates that were 24.9 percent better than peer hospitals, had 18.7 percent fewer complications and had 19.3 percent fewer health care-associated infections. Hospitals on the list achieved these superior clinical outcomes while also incurring inpatient expenses that were 11.9 percent lower than those of their peers.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.