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2010 CV Grand Rounds
H.L. Perry Pepper, President of The Chester County Hospital and Health System, welcomed Cleveland Clinic's Carlota Nepomuceno, BSN, RN, MBA, Dan Towarnicke, Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery and Edward Soltesz, M.D., Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery (right).

The Chester County Hospital Publishes 2009 Cardiothoracic Surgery Outcomes

Released: May 18, 2010

The Chester County Hospital and Health System has completed its fourth year of affiliation with Cleveland Clinic's Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. In late April, it publicly released it surgical outcomes statistics for 2009.

The Chester County Hospital's affiliation with Cleveland Clinic in Cardiac Surgery means there is mutual synergy between cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and cardiac anesthesiologists at both institutions. This enhances opportunities to provide new treatments and therapies to patients, as well as to accelerate mutual accomplishments in cardiac care.

On April 30, the Hospital welcomed Cleveland Clinic representatives for its Grand Rounds event, which included educational lectures, a social event and the public release of the Hospital's 2009 cardiothoracic surgery outcomes. The Outcomes 2009 book contains a summary of surgical and medical trends and approaches, as well as data on patient volumes and statistics.

Since 2006, Cleveland Clinic thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons at The Chester County Hospital performed a total of 593 cardiac procedures and 100 thoracic surgeries. In 2009, The CardioVascular Center performed a total of 157 cardiac and thoracic cases.

"This year, for the first time ever, the Cardiac Surgery program at The Chester County Hospital achieved the highest 'three star' rating for quality from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)," says Martin LeBoutillier, III, MD, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon at The Chester County Hospital. This places the Hospital among the top 10% of nearly 900 hospitals nationwide that submit and track their data with the STS. "Although we are proud of this year's achievement, it certainly did not happen overnight."

Over the years, the Hospital has been diligent about checking its results, comparing them with STS averages, and then concentrating on areas in need of improvement. It has focused intently on every category, every quality measure, and every aspect of how its patients fare under its care including providing the best patient experience as possible. As with clinical outcomes, the Hospital monitors patient satisfaction scores and works constantly to improve upon them.

Dr. LeBoutillier adds, "Behind the data are the many patients who place their trust in The CardioVascular Center at The Chester County Hospital every year, along with the clinicians who challenge themselves to earn that trust before, during, and after each surgical procedure."

Among last year's patients was 88-year-old Mary DiMarzio. Although Mrs. DiMarzio had been a long-time friend of and volunteer at the Hospital, she came to the Hospital as a patient in March 2009.

"I felt like I had the flu and bad indigestion," she says. When her symptoms worsened, she came to the Emergency Department and was transferred to the cardiac catheterization lab where the clinical team discovered she had three blocked arteries. Bypass surgery was the best option for her, even though her risks were high. Her combined risk of dying during surgery or having long-term complications was greater than 96%.

Since her successful surgery, Mrs. DiMarzio has earned the nickname "Miracle Mary" for defying the odds. She was among the Hospital's guests at the Grand Rounds event, where she was presented with flowers by Dr. LeBoutillier, her surgeon.

"I was so glad I could have such a complex procedure here, close to home and family, and not go into the city," Mary says. "The care here was phenomenal."

The CardioVascular Center at The Chester County Hospital is committed to following the latest research trends and to making the most proven surgical techniques available to patients. As best practices evolve through new medical research, the Hospital will continue to evolve as well.

Hospital President H.L. Perry Pepper says, "A number of years ago, both Cleveland Clinic and The Chester County Hospital realized that the future belonged to organizations that could provide the very best care at the lowest cost. Today, the Clinic is recognized as a national leader in the movement of creating value in healthcare. Like the Clinic, The Chester County Hospital has long been a local leader for providing high quality, low cost care. In fact, we are the lowest cost provider of care in southeastern Pennsylvania."

Among the Hospital's other achievements:

Blue Distinction Center - Independence Blue Cross recognized The CardioVascular Center by designating it as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. This acknowledgment reflects the Center's demonstrated commitment to quality care, which results in better outcomes for its cardiac patients.

Gold Seals of Approval™ - The Joint Commission awarded The Chester County Hospital six Gold Seals of Approval™ for healthcare quality in 2008 and again in 2010. Disease-specific Care Certifications were earned for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and stroke, in addition to hip and knee replacement and wound care. The certifications recognize the Hospital for its excellent processes and its ability to continually evaluate and improve care.

Last Updated: 9/2/2010