Specialty Heart Hospitals Produce A Performance Advantage Over Traditional Hospital Heart Programs – New Study Released By HealthGroup West, LLC

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A new white paper has been published that demonstrates that the trend toward carving out comprehensive programs of cardiovascular care from existing hospitals into specialty heart hospitals is producing dividends in the form of higher quality, increased staff productivity, and improved profitability. The potential of freestanding heart hospitals to dramatically improve the practice of cardiovascular medicine has been a hot-button issue since the mid 1990’s, and many development efforts have engendered the type of controversy that inevitably accompanies such a high-stakes venture. What hasn’t been available in the past is the data to effectively analyze their performance against more traditional hospital programs.

Free copies of The Emerging Heart Hospital Standard: How Specialty Heart Hospitals are Setting New Benchmarks for Quality, Productivity, & Profitability in Cardiovascular Care are available upon request from HealthGroup West. The paper provides healthcare decision makers with data and a framework to evaluate the performance of their own cardiovascular programs against the results of specialty heart hospitals based on broad measures of quality, productivity and profitability.

According to Jeffrey Frazier, a principal at HealthGroup West, “a lot of money has been spent by hospitals and health systems over the past five to seven years in an attempt to preserve the practices of the status quo, but many of the arguments against the development of specialty heart hospitals are falling in the face of empirical evidence.” “Based on the experience of pioneer heart hospitals, clear and convincing data is now emerging to validate the soundness of this concept- and it’s clear that we are still only in the beginning stages of this trend,” added Frazier.

“Providers of cardiovascular care are experiencing a crisis in many parts of the country from overcrowded emergency rooms and lack of necessary specialty physicians. But many of these problems can be alleviated through application of lessons learned in the development of heart hospitals” said Kevin Curtis, a founding partner of HealthGroup West, LLC. “The fact is,” he added, “there is a tremendous need for an overhaul of much of the nation’s healthcare infrastructure, and cardiovascular services represent an ideal starting place for this overhaul. Specialty heart hospitals are an organizing tool that ought to be seriously evaluated by those committed to achieving the highest standards of care.”

“HealthGroup West has substantial experience in the planning and development of cardiac and other specialty hospitals,” said Curtis, “and we believe our organization represents one of the knowledgeable group of experts in the country on the development of all types of specialized cardiovascular facilities.” Collectively the full-time staff and special advisors of HealthGroup West, LLC represent over 100 years of hands-on experience in the analysis & development of cardiovascular and other specialty medical services. They hold advanced degrees in the fields of Business Administration, Health Policy, Information Science, Medicine, Law, Clinical Sciences, and others.

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