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TOP 100 IN CARDIOVASCULAR QUALITY
Hospital's heart program is among one
hundred hospitals across the country to be recognized for its quality of
care by an independent study. The study, "Top Cardiovascular Hospitals," was
conducted by research consultants HCIA-Sachs and was published in the May 29
issue of Modern Healthcare. In a review of over 800,000 Medicare cases,
analysts looked at six quality indicators, including mortality, infection
rates, and hemorrhage, for three heart disease diagnoses or procedures -
acute heart attack, angioplasty, and coronary artery bypass surgery. They
also looked at efficiency measures, including length of stay and average
cost of treatment.
In addition to performing 11-12% better on clinical measures, the top one
hundred hospitals also averaged a half day shorter length of stay and a $700
lower cost per case than the comparison group.
Hospital CEO said she was pleased with the
study's recognition of the local hospital's heart program. "It's gratifying
for all of us when the efforts of our physicians and staff get this kind of
national attention," she said. "It's a tribute to the consistent focus on
quality care by the physicians and staff across the whole range of cardiac
services we offer - all the way from outpatient testing, to our ambulance
and emergency services, to the cath lab and surgery, right down to cardiac
rehabilitation. The HCIA-Sachs heart program results truly reflect a team
effort," she explained.
The aim of the study is to help hospitals improve performance by providing
cardiovascular benchmarks for comparative purposes. For example, if all
hospitals performed at the level of the top one hundred hospitals,
postoperative mortality rates following cardiovascular surgery would drop
18% and postoperative infections by 26%, mortality following heart attacks
would drop 9%, and hospitals could cut their average cardiology costs by
over $400,000 each year.
Among the top one hundred were twenty-six teaching hospitals with
cardiovascular residency training programs, forty-five teaching hospitals
without cardiovascular residents, and thirty-one non-teaching hospitals,
including Hospital. Other hospitals on the list include
Memorial Hospital in South Bend, and Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.
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