Top Ten Health Care Cities in U.S. Named by iVantage

The first-ever ranking of the best health care cities in the United States has been released by the advisory and business analytic services company iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.  The ranking was determined by use of their Hospital Strength INDEX™, a comprehensive rating system. According to iVantage: Washington, D.C.; Boston; Minneapolis; Portland, Oregon; Chicago; Charlotte; Philadelphia; Atlanta; New York; and St. Louis core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) were the top 10 cities, based upon hospital and market performance for populations. A CBSA is a U.S. geographic area defined by the Office of Management and Budget based around an urban center of at least 10,000 people and adjacent areas that are socioeconomically tied to the urban center.

Hospital Strength INDEX

iVantage claims that its Hospital Strength INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive ratings system. The system uses publically available data to measure more than 4,299 acute care hospital markets, including 1,300 critical access hospitals. The system measures each hospital’s competitive strength, competitive intensity, market size and growth, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability, with their combined score determining their overall INDEX.

In determining the best health care cities rankings, iVantage profiled all U.S. hospitals with consideration for the wellness, cost and population management effects in their markets. Its research revealed that, among the 4,299 hospitals studied, the top tier is comprised of 547 hospitals, which they referred to as HEALTHSTRONG hospitals. While iVantage found that these HEALTHSTONG hospitals are present in 283 U.S. markets, they are concentrated around America’s best health care cities.

iVantage also draws the following information from its research and rankings: (1) the top performing health care markets serve approximately 19 percent of the U.S. population, or 60 million people; (2) the top markets have the potential of adding $513 billion dollars to the expansion of the gross domestic product, through the extension of life; and (3) potential extension of life equates to greater productivity, wages, taxes, consumption of goods and services, housing, and manufacturing.