University of Louisville Hospital had the Lowest Average Length of Stay in Kentucky for Cellulitis in 2016

By: Jeffrey Maser  Feb. 12, 2018

Dexur analysts recently examined all Medicare cellulitis discharge data for major Kentucky hospitals in 2016 and found that University of Louisville Hospital had the lowest average length of stay (LOS) at 3.16 days. Three other hospitals also reported an average LOS under 3.5 days; Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, located in Somerset, ranked 2nd with a 3.21 day average LOS, Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville ranked 3rd with a 3.24 day average LOS, and St. Elizabeth Florence ranked 4th with an average length of stay of 3.47 days. Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, yet another facility in Louisville, rounded out the top 5 with a 3.56 day average length of stay.

CMS inpatient discharge data was analyzed, specifically, for the time period of January - December 2016. Kentucky hospitals were included in the rankings if they accounted for at least 3,500 total inpatient discharges and at least 11 discharges for DRG-603, which refers to cellulitis without major complication or comorbidity. During the analyzed time frame, all Medicare enrollees throughout the U.S. averaged a 4.05 day length of stay, compared to a 3.99 day average LOS for Medicare enrollees from Kentucky.

University of Louisville Hospital also ranked very highly in Kentucky for average length of stay for cellulitis during January 2013 - December 2016. During this four year time period, University of Louisville Hospital ranked 2nd out of all Kentucky hospitals with a 3.41 day average length of stay, 0.25 days higher than their average length of stay for 2016 alone, indicating improvement in treatment at the conditional level. The only hospital to report a lower average LOS than the University of Louisville Hospital during this time period was Norton Brownsboro Hospital, which accounted for an average length of stay of 3.26 days for DRG-603.

Kentucky Hospitals with the Lowest Average Length of Stay for DRG-603 (January - December 2016)
Average Length of Stay Rank (Lowest to Highest)HospitalHospital CityAverage Length of Stay (Days)
U.S. Medicare Enrollees4.05
Kentucky Medicare Enrollees3.99
1University Of Louisville HospitalLouisville3.16
2Lake Cumberland Regional HospitalSomerset3.21
3Norton Brownsboro HospitalLouisville3.24
4St. Elizabeth FlorenceFlorence3.47
5Norton Women's & Children's HospitalLouisville3.56
6Jewish HospitalLouisville3.57
7Hazard ARH Regional Medical CenterHazard3.57
8Baptist Health LexingtonLexington3.65
9King's Daughters Medical CenterAshland3.66
10Baptist Health LouisvilleLouisville3.79


  1. DRG-603 Average Length of Stay for the 10 Kentucky Hospitals with the Lowest Average Length of Stay for DRG-603 between January 2013 - December 2016


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Jeffrey Maser

Jeffrey Maser is an analyst. He truly loves working with numbers and enjoys the challenge of turning healthcare data into a resource that real patients can use to help make important decisions. Jeff's passion for data will serve him well in his quest to become the top mind in Fantasy Hockey. He previously worked at Truven Health Analytics, now a part of IBM Watson Health, and is a graduate of Brandeis University.