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Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Only Two Area Hospitals Named Among the Nation’s Top Cardiac Hospitals

(Dayton, OH) Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals both have been named to the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care by Solucient, a healthcare business that provides tools and vital insights that healthcare managers use to improve the performance of their organizations. Both hospitals are members of Premier Health Partners and are the only local hospitals to be awarded this achievement.

The annual Solucient award for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance on key criteria at the nation’s top performing acute-care hospitals.

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Miami Valley adds, "For many years the MVH cardiovascular team at MVH has committed themselves to adopting the core processes and other evidence-based treatment methods that result in the most positive outcomes for patients. Earning this designation as a benchmark hospital demonstrates that heart patients are benefiting from very high quality care as well as reasonable cost."

"This Solucient award for Good Samaritan’s heart and vascular care is a tribute to the expert skills of our doctors and our entire patient care team,” says Jim Pancoast, president and CEO. “We’re proud to be among the leading benchmark hospitals for excellent, cost-effective cardiovascular care."

Solucient developed the 100 top Cardiovascular Hospitals study to identify high-performing cardiovascular hospitals nationally and to set performance targets for improving clinical outcomes and management of the high-risk, high-cost service line. A total of 844 hospitals were evaluated for the study.

To qualify as a top 100 facility, hospitals must achieve high scores across eight equally weighted performance criteria that reflect clinical processes and outcomes, volume, efficiency and cost for four clinical cardiovascular treatment areas: acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft, and percutaneous coronary intervention.

Noteworthy differences between the 100 top hospitals recognized by Solucient and other peer hospitals include:

  • If peer hospitals (non-winners) provided the same quality of cardiovascular care as the 100 Top Hospitals facilities, survival rates could increase by more than 8,000 patients each year.
  • Complications of care could also decrease in peer hospitals. Approximately 575 additional patients could be complication-free.
  • The average 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular winner meets the recommended core measures standards for 95 percent of its heart attack (acute myocardial infarction or AMI) patients, compared with 93 percent at the average peer, or non-winning, hospital. Similar differences were seen for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. Core measures — a set of widely accepted minimum standards of care for all patients, based on scientific evidence — are used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and approved by the National Quality Forum.
  • Both medical and surgical cardiovascular patients experience markedly higher survival rates at winning hospitals. For example, winning hospitals had 21 percent fewer deaths than expected for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients while peer hospitals had only 1 percent fewer deaths than expected.
  • Winning hospitals performed up to 80 percent more percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) than their peers, and about 50 percent more CABGs. Previous research has shown that procedure volume is a critical factor in outcomes for cardiovascular patients.
  • Benchmark hospitals are proving more efficient in treating cardiovascular patients. The average 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular winner discharges patients half a day earlier and at an average cost that is about 13 percent less than its peers.

A full list of winners of the 2006 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study appears in the Nov. 6 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine and online at Off Site Icon.

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