Belleville, IL (PRWEB) October 17, 2012
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thompson Reuters). This is the first year St. Elizabeth’s has been recognized with this honor. This year’s winners were announced October 1 in Modern Healthcare magazine. St. Elizabeth’s is one of only four hospitals in Illinois and Missouri named to the list.
The study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals nationwide by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.
“Being recognized for our outstanding cardiovascular care is a great honor,” said Maryann Reese, President and CEO, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “It shows our ongoing commitment to the community in providing quality health care. I commend and congratulate our entire service line team and our dedicated physician partners from Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants in achieving this top honor.”
St. Elizabeth’s cardiac services have partnered with Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois, a community-based network of hospitals and clinics, since January 2011, which allows the hospital to offer continued high-level cardiovascular care.
"This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have proven that a commitment to deliver excellent care is still attainable in times of economic uncertainty," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “The hospitals in this study have achieved higher levels of care and efficiency than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes."
The study shows that cardiovascular outcomes in U.S. hospitals are improving nationwide. Across all U.S. hospitals, 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and remain complication-free. Among the 50 Top Hospitals, performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:
- Better risk-adjusted survival rates (41 percent fewer deaths than expected, compared with 9 percent fewer than expected at peer hospitals) for bypass surgery patients.
- Lower complications indices (35 percent lower rate of heart failure complications than peers).
- Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
- Shorter hospital stays. The typical winning hospital released their bypass patients a full day sooner, and their heart attack and heart failure patients about three-quarters of a day sooner than their peers.
- Lower costs. Top hospitals spend $3,500 less per bypass case and $1,000 less per angioplasty than non-winners.
The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, and non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.
Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2010 and 2011 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2010 Medicare cost reports, and 2012 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.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System is a Roman Catholic health care mission founded to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care framed in traditional values taught by St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. It is dedicated to serving all people, including the poor and the needy, at each of its 13 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Litchfield, Springfield and Streator) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). For more information about HSHS, visit http://www.hshs.org.
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