Hospital Readmission Data

Beginning October 1, 2012, hospitals began to be penalized whenever a 30-day readmission rate for a particular disease exceed the standards set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. On average, the 30-day readmission rate in the United States is about 18%. Southwest Health System's goal is to keep that below 9%.


A readmission is defined as anyone who is readmitted to the hospital within 30-days of their previous discharge, regardless of the reason for the second admission. It does not have to be for the same illness or injury.


Metric 2014
Goal Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
Total Readmissions within 30 days 0 2 3 8                   13
Total Discharges NA 83 94 80                   257
Readmission Rate <5% 2.4% 3.2% 10%                   5.1%

Metric 2013
Goal Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
Total Readmissions within 30 days 0 1 8 2 6 3 3 4 2 5 4 7 5 50
Total Discharges NA 73 75 88 96 70 66 86 79 78 75 72 78 936
Readmission Rate <5% 1.4% 10.7% 2.3% 6.3% 4.3% 4.5% 4.7% 2.5% 6.4% 5.3% 9.7% 6.4% 5.3%

Metric 2012
Goal Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
Total Readmissions within 30 days 0 7 4 5 2 7 8 9 8 5 8 9 2 74
Total Discharges NA 75 68 113 79 80 85 78 85 80 89 70 67 989
Readmission Rate <9% 9.3% 5.9% 4.4% 2.5% 8.8% 9.4% 11.5% 9.4% 6.3% 9.0% 12.9% 3.0% 7.5%