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One of the Nationís Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

Thomson-Reuters Top 50 LogoThe Chester County Hospital and Health System 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 first time The Chester County Hospital has been recognized with this honor. This year's winners were announced November 14 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

OR"As the Hospital's guiding vision is 'to be the leading provider of care in the region and a national model for quality, service excellence, and fiscal stewardship,' this recent accolade is quite fitting," states President and CEO of The Chester County Hospital and Health System Michael Duncan. "We have long regarded our cardiovascular program as not only one of high quality, but one of the most comprehensive and innovative in the area. These services are made possible through our multidisiciplined team of cardiovascular surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, anesthesiologists and cardiologists."

Nicholas Vaganos, M.D., Executive Director of the Hospital's CardioVascular Institute and Chief of Cardiology agrees. "All of us strive for the very best in quality outcomes every single day we come to work because it is the right thing for our patients and our community," states Vaganos. "To be recognized by Thomson Reuters in this way further validates our efforts."

Chairman of the CardioVascular Institute and cardiac surgeon Brian Priest, M.D. adds, "At The Chester County Hospital we continually evaluate and improve upon our model of care. To be recognized nationally among so many of our peers reinforces this commitment to those who come to us for treatment. "

"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 Hospitalsģ 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.

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Last Updated: 11/15/2011