Abbott Northwestern rated among the best in the country for treatment of heart attacks
MINNEAPOLIS 06/21/2007--Abbott Northwestern Hospital is one of the best hospitals in the country at treating heart attacks, according to new data from the federal agency in charge of promoting quality health care throughout the nation.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released 30-day mortality rates for heart attack patients at 4,400 hospitals in the United States. Abbott Northwestern was one of only 17 hospitals in the country to have a 30-day mortality rate that was better than the national rate of 16.4 percent.
"We're pleased with the ratings. It puts us in a special class," said Kevin Graham, MD, a cardiologist and president of the Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. "This is a reflection of how hard the entire hospital staff works to improve survival rates for this life-threatening disease and deliver exceptional care to patients."
Each year, hundreds of heart attack patients are treated at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. According to the CMS data, those patients have a demonstrably lower 30-day mortality rate than those treated at more than 99 percent of the country's hospitals. The rates, which are available at www.medicare.gov, were calculated using sophisticated risk-adjustment that take into account previous health problems to "level the playing field" among hospitals. They are listed in three categories: "No Different than the U.S. National Rate," "Better than the U.S. National Rate", and Worse than the U.S. National Rate."
Abbott Northwestern is the only hospital in Minnesota to rated in the "Better than the U.S. National Rate" category. All other Allina hospitals were rated in the "No Different than the U.S. National Rate" category.
About Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis-based Abbott Northwestern Hospital is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a non-profit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care services. Abbott Northwestern is found online at www.abbottnorthwestern.com.
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Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital