AdventHealth Shawnee, Olathe Medical Center make 2021 Top 100 Hospitals list



Two metro hospitals have been recognized as among the nation’s best hospitals in the 2021 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list. Each were noted for their performance in the Large Community Hospital category, and were measured based on clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and more.

Two Kansas City-area hospitals made the cut for the 2021 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, which highlights the nation’s top-performing hospitals and health systems. 

Hospitals on the list were measured on aspects such as clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience and contributions to community health with a focus on equity, a new component this year.

To create the list, IBM Watson Health researchers evaluated 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals.

In the large community hospitals category, two area hospitals were listed: AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, which has been featured on the list five times, and Olathe Medical Center, a newcomer to the list.

“We are proud to bring forward this first assessment of hospital contributions to community health as a way to help hospitals identify and eliminate gaps in their programs, provide equitable quality care, and address health disparities,” Dr. Irene Dankwa-Mullan, chief health equity officer and deputy chief health officer at IBM Watson Health, said in a release. “We believe that including a community measure as part of the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals ranking can help begin the process of change and improvement across the hospital community.”