Catholic and church-owned health systems deliver better care

Catholic and other church-owned health systems demonstrated significantly better, more efficient care than for-profit health systems according to a study by Thomson Reuters.

The study examined eight metrics from 255 U.S. health systems that address clinical quality and efficiency: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate, adherence to clinical standards of care, and HCAHPS patient survey score. 

The study also found that church-owned systems are significantly more likely to provide higher quality performance and efficiencies to communities than investor-owned systems and that investor-owned systems demonstrate lower quality performance than all other groups.

(Sources: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing,, August 11, 2010; Thomson Reuters Press Release,, August 9, 2010)