Consumer Reports rates Allina's Mercy Hospital heart surgeons in nation's top 50
COON RAPIDS, Minn. 09/27/2010--Mercy Hospital's heart surgery group, Twin Cities Heart and Lung, is among the top 50 in the nation, according to Consumer Reports October 2010 issue.
Surviving a heart attack
In its October 2010 issue, Consumer Reports magazine recommends spending as much time checking the quality of heart surgeons as shopping for a new car. Twin Cities Heart and Lung ranks in the top 50 nationally, based on data from millions of heart surgeries.
For more about Consumer Reports standards for heart surgery ratings, go to consumerreports.org.
The highest, three-star rating (significantly above average) was awarded to Twin Cities Heart and Lung, based on the clinical outcomes for their heart bypass patients.
"Getting great clinical outcomes on open heart surgery patients takes a true team effort. We have excellent surgeons, as well as exceptional care and compassion provided by the great staff at Mercy," says Tom O'Connor, Mercy's president.
For seven consecutive years, Mercy Hospital has been named a Top 100 Hospitals® for Cardiovascular Care by Thomson Reuters Healthcare, and is an accredited Chest Pain Center.
The bypass surgery ratings are based on data from millions of heart surgery records collected by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and updated quarterly. The overall heart bypass rating combines scores from four measures:
- patient survival rates
- surgical techniques
- avoiding surgical complications
- prescribing recommended medications
Twin City Heart and Lung Surgeons Brian Tell, Jong Kim, Mark Solfelt and Gregg Anderson, were one of only two Minnesota groups named in the Top 50 by Consumer Reports.
More about Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, is a non-profit hospital that serves the northwestern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. Mercy responds to a wide range of health needs with specialty services including cancer care, heart and vascular services, mental health services, orthopedics, neurosciences, surgery and women's and children's services.
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