Thomson Reuters Announces Top U.S. Hospitals for Heart Care

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Thomson Reuters today released its annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services.

The study, in its thirteenth year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes.

"This year's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. "The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the healthcare system is steeped in volatility."

The study shows that 97 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and approximately 96 percent remain complication-free, reflecting improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past year. The 50 top hospitals' performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

Better risk-adjusted survival rates (23 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients).

Lower complications indices (40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications).

Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.

Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass case than non-winners.

Increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries. Top hospitals have increased their use of this recommended procedure from 88 to 96 percent

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

The Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals were classified into three comparison groups. (The order of hospitals in the list does not reflect performance ranking.)

Teaching Hospitals With Cardiovascular Residency ProgramsMayo Clinic Hospital - Phoenix, AZThe University of Kansas Hospital - Kansas City, KSLahey Clinic - Burlington, MASaint Vincent Hospital - Worcester, MAPark Nicolett Methodist Hospital - St. Louis Park, MNHackensack University Medical Center - Hackensack, NJDeborah Heart and Lung Center - Browns Mills, NJNYU Langone Medical Center - New York, NYKettering Medical Center - Kettering, OHDoctors Hospital - Columbus, OHThe Washington Hospital - Washington, PAAllegheny General Hospital - Pittsburgh, PARobert Packer Hospital - Sayre, PABryn Mawr Hospital - Bryn Mawr, PALankenau Hospital - Wynnewood, PA

Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency ProgramsMorton Plant Hospital - Clearwater, FLSt. Luke's Boise Medical Center - Boise, IDSt. John's Hospital - Springfield, ILDecatur Memorial Hospital - Decatur, ILMarquette General Hospital - Marquette, MISt. Joseph Mercy Hospital - Ann Arbor, MIMercy Medical Center - Canton, OHAultman Hospital - Canton, OHBethesda North Hospital - Cincinnati, OHSt. Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem, PAUPMC Hamot - Erie, PASt. Joseph Medical Center - Reading, PAMemorial Hermann Hospital System - Houston, TXBaptist St. Anthony's Health System - Amarillo TXCorpus Christi Medical Center - Corpus Christi, TXSt. Mark's Hospital - Salt Lake City, UTSt. Mary's Hospital - Richmond, VAAspirus Wausau Hospital - Wausau, WIGundersen Lutheran - La Crosse, WIMeriter Hospital - Madison, WI

Community HospitalsSt. Francis Medical Center - Lynwood, CAFrench Hospital Medical Center - San Luis Obispo, CAMartin Memorial Medical Center - Stuart, FLProvena Covenant Medical Center - Urbana, ILSt. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana - Indianapolis, INHeart Hospital of Lafayette - Lafayette, LANebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital - Lincoln, NEGaston Memorial Hospital - Gastonia, NCThe Chester County Hospital and Health System - West Chester, PADoylestown Hospital - Doylestown, PAMaury Regional Medical Center - Columbia, TNHeart Hospital of Austin - Austin, TXDixie Regional Medical Center - St. George, UTMemorial Regional Medical Center - Mechanicsville, VABellin Hospital - Green Bay, WI

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