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Memorial Hospital Named Among Nation’s Leading Cardiac Hospitals - 11/03/04

For the second consecutive year, Memorial Hospital has been recognized in Modern Healthcare—a business news weekly for health care professionals—as one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for cardiovascular care, as established by Solucient research group.

Solucient’s findings are based on seven key measures of clinical quality practices and operations efficiencies. These measures are comprised of a complications index, wage and severity-adjusted cost, length of stay, patient percentages utilization of internal mammary artery during bypass procedures, risk-adjusted medical mortality, surgical mortality and procedure volume.

The top 100 cardiac hospitals identified by Solucient demonstrated the highest standards of care and operational efficiency, including:

  • Higher patient survivor rates following coronary bypass procedures.
  • Thirty-five percent reduced risk of post-operative infections and 20 percent reduced risk of post-operative hemorrhage for patients undergoing coronary bypass surgeries or percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI).
  • Double the volume of bypass surgeries and PCI’s—including angioplasties—as their peers.
  • Earlier discharge dates.
  • Thirteen percent reduction in cardiovascular-related costs.

“Memorial Hospital is honored to again receive this national recognition for excellence in cardiac care,” says Donna Lastra, Memorial’s associate administrator of cardiovascular services. “All of our staff take these quality measures very seriously and are committed to offering the best, most sensitive patient care possible.”

The 2004 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study appeared in the Oct. 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.