10th year to be listed by Thomson Reuters
Scott & White Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. Scott & White is one of only five hospitals in the country to be included on the prestigious list for ten or more years.
“It’s easy to say we’re honored by this recognition, but more than that – it means we are consistent in our work and efforts to constantly improve,” said Dr. Gregory J. Dehmer, director of Scott & White’s division of cardiology and professor of medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. “It’s a team effort and would not happen without all the great staff who work in the cardiovascular areas of Scott & White. And the focus of all this work is our patients.”
Thomson Reuters’ annual study — 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks — examined the performance of 971 hospitals by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous cardiovascular interventions (PCI) such as angioplasties.
This is the 10th year Scott & White has been recognized with this honor. The 2009 winners were announced November 16 in Modern Healthcare magazine.
“Cardiovascular disease is still the number-one killer in the United States so we look for the hospitals that provide the best care,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs of Thomson Reuters. “These hospitals set the national standard for cardiovascular disease outcomes, process of care, efficiency, and lower costs. They deliver significant value to their communities.”
The study, in its 11th year, found that the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winners have:
- 17 percent lower mortality rates for heart attack patients.
- 10 percent lower mortality rates for heart failure patients.
- 27 percent lower mortality for bypass surgery patients.
- 22 percent lower mortality following PCI.
- Fewer post-operative complications — 99 percent of patients were complication-free.
- Close to 12 percent shorter average hospital stay.
- 12 percent lower cost per case.
The 100 Top Hospitals study focused on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2007 and 2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2008 Medicare cost reports, and data from other sources. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of coronary bypass 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 winnersovascular residency programs, 40 winners
About Scott & White (http://sw.org )
Scott & White Healthcare is a not-for-profit health care system established in 1897. Scott & White is the principal clinical teaching facility affiliated with the Texas A&M College of Medicine, with a Temple campus that includes a four-year medical curriculum. Along with its 636-bed flagship hospital and clinic facility in Temple, Texas, Scott & White includes nine other hospitals or hospital partners, and more than 50 clinic locations throughout Central Texas. With more than 800 physicians and scientists, Scott & White has become one of the nation’s largest multi-specialty group practice systems.
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