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Duke Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

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Duke University Hospital has received the 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top
Hospitals®: National Benchmarks Award and the 2008 Thomson Reuters 100
Top Hospitals®: Everest Award for National Benchmarks.

The National Benchmarks Award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate
superior clinical, operational, and financial performance.  

The 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard evaluates a
hospital's performance in nine areas: mortality, medical complications,
patient safety, average length of
stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient
satisfaction,
and adherence to clinical standards of care.  

After evaluating 3,000 hospitals according to this scorecard,
winners of the National Benchmarks Award were identified as the top 10
percent of hospitals striving to meet these benchmarks.

Duke's ability to couple excellent patient care, quality improvements, and financial stability helped earn this award.

Best of the Best

Duke University Hospital also received the Everest Award for
National Benchmarks, which honors an elite group of the 2008 100 Top
Hospitals national award winners. Given to only 23 hospitals, the
Everest Award winners met all of the benchmarks in the study and did so
at the fastest rates of long-term improvement. 

Earning the Everest Award is a testament to the leaders of Duke
University Hospital who cultivated an environment that allowed
performance improvements to grow quickly and consistently over five
years. As a result, Duke raised the standard of care for other
hospitals and set national benchmarks for excellence.  

Duke University Hospital is the only academic university in North Carolina to receive these awards.  

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