Heart disease is still the nation’s number one killer, and Saint Joseph - London is providing members of its community with access to national benchmark level cardiovascular services, particularly in improved survival rates and reduced cost. The hospital has just been named a 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters.
The Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters recently released its annual study identifying the 100 U.S. hospitals that are setting the nation’s benchmarks for cardiovascular care. The study — 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success — examined the performance of 970 hospitals by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and angioplasties. Only one other hospital in Kentucky made this national list along with Saint Joseph - London.
The study, in its tenth year, found that the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular award winners, as a group, performed 63 percent more bypass surgeries and 42 percent more angioplasties than peer hospitals. This may suggest that performance of bypass surgery is increasingly performed in centers of excellence.
While the average mortality rate for cardiovascular patients is very low (3.4 percent), the mortality rate for bypass surgery was 26 percent lower in the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winners. The award-winning hospitals demonstrated higher performance on the evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and cost $1,542 less per case, on average.
The study results were recently published by Modern Healthcare magazine and at www.100tophospitals.com. An award in honor of Saint Joseph - London's achievement will be presented in 2009.
Congratulations to the management team, doctors, nurses and hospital employees at Saint Joseph - London who work together to constantly measure, review and improve performance to make it a better place to be treated for heart disease. You are truly at the heart of quality.