Mercy celebrates being among best heart hospitals four years in a row
COON RAPIDS, Minn. 03/05/2007--Mercy Hospital was named among the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Solucient, an organization that analyzes cardiovascular care across the country. The annual Solucient award for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance on key criteria at the nation's top performing acute-care hospitals.
"This recognition is a testament to our skilled physicians and caring staff, our use of the latest treatments, and the exceptional care we provide to patients," said Rickie Ressler, interim president of Mercy Hospital. "We are proud to be among the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals."
Mercy employees waited until Heart Month to celebrate, however, the 2006 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study appeared in the November 6 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
Solucient® provides tools and insights that healthcare managers use to improve the performance of their organizations. Solucient's information and analysis help providers and pharmaceutical companies to drive business growth, manage costs and deliver high quality care.
Among the study's key findings:
- If peer hospitals (non-winners) provided the same quality of cardiovascular care as the 100 Top Hospitals facilities, survival rates could increase by more than 8,000 patients each year.
- Complications of care could also decrease in peer hospitals. Approximately 575 additional patients could be complication-free.
- The average 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular winner meets the recommended core measures standards for 95 percent of its heart attack (acute myocardial infarction or AMI) patients, compared with 93 percent at the average peer, or non-winning, hospital. Similar differences were seen for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. Core measures — a set of widely accepted minimum standards of care for all patients, based on scientific evidence — are used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and approved by the National Quality Forum.
- Both medical and surgical cardiovascular patients experience markedly higher survival rates at winning hospitals. For example, winning hospitals had 21 percent fewer deaths than expected for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients while peer hospitals had only 1 percent fewer deaths than expected.
- Winning hospitals performed up to 80 percent more percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) than their peers, and about 50 percent more CABGs. Previous research has shown that procedure volume is a critical factor in outcomes for cardiovascular patients.
- Benchmark hospitals are proving more efficient in treating cardiovascular patients. The average 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular winner discharges patients half a day earlier and at an average cost that is about 13 percent less than its peers.
Solucient 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
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com
About Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital, located in Coon Rapids, Minn., is a 271-bed non-profit hospital that serves the northern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The hospital provided care to more than 165,000 people in 2006. Mercy responds to a wide range of health needs with specialty services including behavioral health services, cancer care, heart and vascular services, orthopedics, neurosciences, and women's and children's services.