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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Named One of the Nation’s Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters
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Top 100 Cardiovascular HospitalsANN ARBOR, Mich. – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. This is the fifth year St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been recognized with this honor. The 2009 winners were announced November 16 in Modern Healthcare magazine. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, also of SJMHS, was recognized as well.

Thomson Reuters’ annual study — 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks — examined the performance of 971 hospitals by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous cardiovascular interventions (PCI) such as angioplasties.

“Cardiovascular disease is still the number-one killer in the United States so we look for the hospitals that provide the best care,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs of Thomson Reuters. “These hospitals set the national standard for cardiovascular disease outcomes, process of care, efficiency, and lower costs. They deliver significant value to their communities.”

The study, in it’s 11th year, found that the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winners have lower mortality rates for heart attack patients, heart failure patients, bypass surgery patients and lower mortality following PCI. The award-winning hospitals also have fewer post-operative complications – 99 percent of patients were complication-free.

“Receiving the 100 Top Hospitals award for cardiovascular care confirms our commitment to quality and safety. It validates the efforts our physicians and staff are making to providing the highest quality patient care,” says Mary Poskie, director of cardiovascular services at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System is dedicated to providing you the CardiacAdvantage™, an Advanced Cardiovascular Approach™ that changes the way patients and their referring physicians experience cardiac care. Our unique collaboration process involves cardiologist, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists. Combined with the latest medical research and technology, this team approach avoids delays and constantly delivers excellent, rapid and comprehensive cardiovascular treatment to patients with complex illnesses.

This collaborative approach to heart care ensures patient safety and that the highest level of care is bing provided to all patients. St. Joe’s is named as a 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winner because of this high standard of care.

The 100 Top Hospitals study focused on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2007 and 2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2008 Medicare cost reports, and data from other sources. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

The measures were calculated for three classes of hospitals with the following number of winners in each: Teaching with cardiovascular residency programs, 30 winners; Teaching without cardiovascular residency programs, 40 winners; Community, 30 winners.

“We are pleased to be ranked alongside the highest quality hospitals for cardiovascular care in the nation. Our physicians and staff work tirelessly to provide the highest quality care. What’s more, it’s our patients who benefit; they know they are getting the best care possible,” concludes Poskie.

For more information about Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s cardiovascular program, please call 734-712-8000.