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Miami Valley Hospital Receives Quality Award

DAYTON, OHIO (November 23, 2009) – Miami Valley Hospital’s cardiology program has earned high recognition at the 2009 Hospital Quality Program of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Miami Valley earned the “Successful Practice Award” for its coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) Performance Improvement Initiative.  (Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting or CABG is a surgical procedure that restores oxygen to a patient’s heart. During the procedure blood flow is rerouted around the blocked coronary artery. In the procedure, a transplanted vessel, called a graft, allows blood to "bypass" the blockage in the artery. (The much-needed blood simply follows a detour on its way to the heart.)

“We were able to show a significant improvement in our CABG morbidity and mortality rate by creating a weekly CABG/Cath conference. This conference allows our cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, and quality team members to discuss cases preoperatively with the goal of improving patient outcomes”,  said Dr. Michael Craig, conference chair.  “We had such success with this conference that the same format was adopted by Miami Valley Hospital’s endovascular team."  Other Premier Hospitals are also considering using this same format.

The Hospital Quality Awards Program was created in 2003 to showcase hospitals that have implemented successful quality improvement projects within their facilities.  Abstracts are judged on a set of criteria with associated points by a panel of medical directors. The hospital(s) with the highest points is awarded the “Successful Practice Award” and the next highest hospital(s) is awarded the “Meritorious Award”. 

According to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Miami Valley is the first hospital in the Dayton area to be recognized for one of its quality awards.

Miami Valley Hospital’s heart team performs about 300 CABG procedures a year.