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Miami Valley only Dayton hospital recognized by CMS for Cardiac Care

MVH in top one percent of hospitals in the U.S.

June 28, 2007 – Miami Valley Hospital has been recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as one of only 38 hospitals in the nation and the only hospital in southwest Ohio to be rated better than the national average for heart failure death rates.

The announcement was made when CMS released results of a survey it conducted of 4,700 hospitals nationwide between June 2005 and July 2006. The data measured the number of Medicare patients who died from heart attack or heart failure within 30 days of hospital discharge and was "risk-adjusted," to account for hospitals that treated sicker patients.

The U.S. national 30-day death rate from heart-failure is 11.1 percent. Miami Valley’s ranking puts the hospital in the top one percent of centers in America with better than national average for 30-day death rate for heart failure.

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO, says the survey results speak to the quality of care patients receive at MVH.

“Being ranked in the top 1 percent of all hospitals shows that our medical staff and employees’ careful attention to quality is paying off in lower mortality for patients. Their efforts of working toward exceptional care are what helped Miami Valley score high on this rating,” said Boosalis.

The CMS initiative reflects the agency’s efforts to provide consumers with information they need to make informed decisions about medical care. Consumers can go to http://www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov Off Site Icon to check their local hospital’s performance for heart care.

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