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Mercy Hospital & Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare
Chicago - December 3, 2007
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare.

The annual Thomson Healthcare award is based on hospitals’ performance treating congestive heart failure and heart attacks. This is the first time Mercy has been recognized with this honor. The 2007 winners were announced November 19 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“These winning hospitals bring great value to their communities,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs in the Center for Healthcare Improvement, Thomson Healthcare. “They have set national benchmarks for clinical process, outcomes, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.”

Among the key findings from the 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study:

•  If all cardiovascular hospitals achieved the same results as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners, more than 7,000 lives would be saved and nearly 750 medical complications would be avoided annually.

The award winners reported hospital stays that were 12 percent shorter, on average, than peer hospitals (5.14 days compared with 5.85 days).

The 100 Top Hospitals reported costs that averaged 13 percent — or about $2,000 — less per case than peer hospitals.

There was a large difference in the volume of heart procedures performed by the winning hospitals and their peers. The 100 Top Hospitals performed nearly two-thirds more coronary artery bypass grafts and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasty.

“I am proud to see Mercy recognized nationally for its superior cardiovascular care,” says Sister Sheila Lyne, RSM, CEO and President of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, “Mercy has been a pioneer in the Midwest, using innovative cardiovascular procedures, and now we will continue to lead the way nationally.”

Home to one of the Midwest’s leading Heart & Vascular programs, Mercy is renowned for its revolutionizing approach to the prevention, early intervention, and minimally invasive treatment of cardiovascular disease and stroke. In fact, Mercy was the first in Chicago to repair blockages in the carotid arteries using stents, and the first in Chicago to perform a minimally invasive Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Stent-Graft procedure. Designated as one of few primary stroke centers in Illinois, Mercy also offers a comprehensive approach to caring for stroke patients that integrates its “fast-track” Emergency Center, advanced stroke treatment protocol, specially trained clinicians, and individualized rehabilitation plan.

Thomson Healthcare scored facilities in eight key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of CABG patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

The measures were calculated for three classes of hospitals with the following number of winners in each:

Teaching with cardiovascular residency programs, 30 winners

Teaching without cardiovascular residency programs, 40 winners

Community, 30 winners

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