Wishard provides extraordinary value to the community.
In measure after measure, Wishard's quality of care exceeds state and national benchmarks - often by wide margins. For example, Wishard's survival rates for orthopaedic surgery, vascular surgery and for babies needing highly specialized neonatal care, place Wishard in the top five among the medical centers in the University HealthSystem Consortium Clinical Database. The University HealthSystem Consortium is an alliance of more than 100 academic medical centers and their affiliates across the United States.
But more importantly, Wishard provides this quality care with remarkable efficiency. Wishard is among the lowest cost health care systems in the nation, reinforced by the Dartmouth Atlas. Actuarial studies estimate that were the community to buy care to treat the indigent at commercial rates, the community would pay 141 percent more than Wishard's costs. In fact, even at below-market Medicare rates, the actuary estimates the community would still pay 42 percent more than Wishard's cost to care for the indigent.