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Ann Arbor Named a Top 50 Heart Hospital
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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.

The study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals 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.

This is the sixth time St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been recognized with this honor. This year’s winners were announced this week in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“Receiving the 50 Top Hospitals award for cardiovascular care underscores 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.

An aspect of care that sets Saint Joseph Mercy Health System among the best, is the CardiacAdvantage™, an approach that changes the way patients and their referring physicians experience cardiac care. St. Joe’s unique collaboration process involves cardiologists, 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.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. “The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the healthcare system is steeped in volatility.”

The study shows that 97 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and approximately 96 percent remain complication-free, reflecting improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past year. The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (23 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients).
  • Lower complications indices (40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass case than non-winners.
  • Increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries.

Top hospitals have increased their use of this recommended procedure from 88 to 96 percent
The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and 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.

To learn more about St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s award winning cardiovascular program, call 734-712-8000.