Bangor, Maine — St. Joseph Hospital has been named one of the country’s 100 best hospitals in a new independent ranking.

The annual Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospitals study released this week recognized St. Joseph as one of 20 medium-sized community hospitals providing quality and cost-efficient care. St. Joseph was the only hospital in Maine named to this year’s list.

The study evaluates nearly 3,000 acute-care, nonfederal hospitals based on patient care, efficiency of operations and financial stability.

Conducted since 1993, the study takes into account mortality, medical complications, patient safety and satisfaction, length of stays, and readmission rates for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. On the financial side, the study examines hospitals’ expenses and profitability.

The study, which hospitals don’t apply to or pay to participate in, can give patients peace of mind amid alarming media reports about hospital-acquired infections and other health care concerns, said Mary Prybylo, president and CEO of St. Joseph Healthcare.

“It reflects for our patients that we are a safe facility for them to get care,” she said.

The ranking also speaks to the 112-bed hospital’s collaborations with local businesses seeking lower medical costs and quality health care for their employees, Prybylo said.

“The fact that our costs are reasonable and lower than many other providers makes us an important partner,” she said.

Prybylo, who came on as CEO six months ago, credited her predecessor, Sister Mary Norberta, for her commitment to health care quality within the organization.

The study’s researchers examined public data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare website and other federal reports.

Thomson Reuters found that if all of the country’s Medicare inpatients received the same level of care found at the top 100 hospitals, more than 186,000 additional lives could be saved and upward of $4.3 billion in health care costs could be avoided.

Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and...