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SJMO - A Top 50 Heart Hospital--Again!
Start Date
10/15/2012
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Continues To Achieve High Marks
For Quality And Excellence In Cardiovascular Services

Hospital Again Named Among U.S. 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has sustained its ranking as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals upon receiving the designation this week by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

SJMO was named among the top 50 hospitals as a result of a Truven Health Analytics study examining the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals.  The study analyzed outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

This is the ninth time SJMO has been honored with a national award for excellence in cardiovascular services, the second as a top 50 cardiovascular hospital.  SJMO was one of only three Michigan hospitals to be so honored.

“We are deeply honored to once again be named among the nation’s leading hospitals for our cardiovascular program,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO.  “We have an exceptional team of physicians, surgeons, nurses and other clinical personnel who are dedicated to patient safety, quality of care and performance excellence.  This honor is a tribute to the clinical outcomes they achieve and the level of skill they demonstrate every day.”
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, 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.
Among the other honors St. Joe’s has received for its cardiology and cardiovascular services are Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, Cardiac Care Excellence Award and Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network. St. Joe’s has won numerous awards in cancer care, clinical excellence, surgery excellence, orthopedic excellence, patient safety and quality of care.

 

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