Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mission's heart center named among top 50 heart hospitals in the US

Hospital Spends Thousands Less Per Procedure, 
Releases Patients Sooner than Peers

Mission Heart has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading authority on clinical quality.  Mission Heart is the only hospital in the Carolinas to receive this recognition.  This marks the 9th time Mission has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by Truven Health Analytics.

“Mission Hospital is honored to be recognized by Truven Health Analytics as one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals,” said Jill Hoggard-Green, PhD, RN, COO of Mission Health and President of Mission Hospital and Mission Medical Associates. “This is a reflection of the hard work and commitment of our staff to provide high quality cardiovascular care and achieve superior clinical outcomes for the patients we serve in western North Carolina.” 

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of Mission Hospital and the other top 50 hospitals, more than:

  • 9,500  additional lives could be saved
  • More than $1 billion could be saved
  • Nearly 3,000 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication free

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. It found that Truven Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals spent at least 11 percent less per case and a patient’s length of stay in the hospital decreased by more than 15 percent compared to their peers.

“We are honored that Mission Heart is recognized as one of the top heart hospitals in the country,” said Dr. Chang Lim, Heart Service Line Leader at Mission Hospital. “This recognition is a direct result of the outstanding efforts our caregivers make each day to benefit the community we serve.  Our team of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, nurses and staff continue to achieve exceptional outcomes and deliver high quality care to our patients.”

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports and Centers for Medicare & 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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