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Study Ranks Miami Valley Hospital #1 in Southwest Ohio For Overall Cardiac Services

Receives Several Specialty Excellence Awards and 5-Star Ratings from Leading Independent Healthcare Ratings Organization

DAYTON, OHIO (October 13, 2009) – A study issued today by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization, finds that Miami Valley Hospital ranks number one in southwest Ohio for overall cardiac services.

The nation’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

In the new HealthGrades ratings, MVH received several Specialty Excellence Awards, ranking among the top ten percent or better in the nation in overall cardiac services, coronary interventional procedures (angioplasty/stent), pulmonary care and critical care services.

The hospital also received numerous 5-Star ratings for quality of care, including:

  • Cardiac services
  • Cardiology services
  • Coronary interventional procedures
  • Treatment of Heart Attack
  • Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Spine surgery
  • Treatment of Stroke
  • Pulmonary care
  • Critical care
  • Treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding

“This designation is truly an honor. Our cardiac team has always been dedicated to providing the best results for our patients,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO. “Being named the top hospital for cardiac care in southwest Ohio by a neutral third party speaks volumes about our heart program and our patient outcomes and more importantly it means patients can receive top cardiac care without leaving their community.”

The HealthGrades twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

HealthGrades Ratings
HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 28 procedures and treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons.

Learn about information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology. Off Site Icon 

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