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Heart Program Achieves Major Milestone

Date:  October 11th, 2012

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Heart Program Achieves Major Milestone
Top 50 Cardiovascular
Health Listed Among 'Top 50' Heart Hospitals

Trinity Health was recently named one of America's "50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals" by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thompson Reuter Healthcare Inc.), a leading authority on clinical quality. The 2013 winners were announced October 1 in Modern Healthcare magazine. Trinity Health was the only North Dakota hospital to make the list and one of only 15 community hospitals recognized nationwide.

In compiling its Top 50 list, Truven Health examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals, analyzing outcomes of patients with heart failure and heart attack, and those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasty.

"This is a tribute not only to Trinity's heart team and our care system but to the community at large," said Trinity Health President and CEO John M. Kutch. "It reflects the excellent outcomes that have characterized Trinity's heart program for years. It also validates our recent initiatives to invest in leading-edge technologies and to put them in the hands of top-notch professionals who are dedicated to making a difference in patients' lives."

In a lengthy abstract summarizing the Top 50 winners, Truven Health highlighted areas of success that separate benchmark hospitals from their peers. Key points include:
  • Survival rates were markedly better at benchmark hospitals, particularly for patients receiving bypass surgery and angioplasty.
  • Cardiovascular study winners had a substantially lower complications-index than their peers.
  • Longer-term outcomes were better at winning hospitals, meaning a smaller percentage of patients died of any cause within 30 days after admission.
  • Winners also had lower readmission rates, with a lower percentage of patients returning to the hospital for any cause within 30 days.
  • Winning hospitals complied with proven protocols more closely.
  • Winning hospitals released patients sooner than their peers.
  • The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals managed all of these clinical gains while still keeping costs lower.

The Truven Health Analytics study was based on 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. The researchers 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.

"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."

About Truven Health Analytics
Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thompson Reuters (Healthcare), Inc., has delivered unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, and services to the healthcare industry for more than 30 years. Among those who rely on their information are hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies. With more than 2,000 employees globally, Truven has major offices in Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago and Denver. For more information, visit SPACE index.php