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For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Vince Rivard, Mercy 763-236-3777
Jennifer Syltie Johnson, Abbott Northwestern 612-863-4801


Abbott Northwestern and Mercy Hospitals named among Nation's Top 100 Heart Hospitals

MINNEAPOLIS and COON RAPIDS, Minn. 10/31/2003--Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids have been named among the nation's top 100 heart hospitals, according to a report released this week by Evanston, IL-based Solucient®.

The annual Solucient award measures performance on key criteria at the nation's top performing heart hospitals. The 2003 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study appears in the Oct. 27 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

Among the key findings of the report:

  • Winning or "benchmark" heart hospitals named to the 100 Top Hospitals list provided coronary artery bypass graft patients with IMA grafts at a rate - nearly four percentage points higher than peer or "non-winning" hospitals (87.4 percent versus 83.6 percent).
  • The mortality rate for congestive heart failure at benchmark hospitals is nearly 17 percent lower than at non-winning hospitals, while the mortality rate for acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack, at benchmark hospitals is nearly nine percent lower than at peer hospitals.
  • Top hospitals have almost 19 percent lower mortality rates for CABG or coronary balloon angioplasty surgery than peer hospitals.
  • Winning hospitals are approximately 20 percent less likely than non-winners to have complications related to post-operative infections and hemorrhage for heart patients
  • Cardiovascular patients at winning hospitals return to everyday life faster than those at non-winning hospitals. Patients at the top heart hospitals were released a half-day earlier than patients at peer hospitals
  • Average cardiovascular-related costs for benchmark hospitals were nearly 11 percent lower than at peer hospitals.

The fifth edition of the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from 2001, including publicly available Medicare MEDPAR data and Medicare cost reports. 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

The study scored facilities according to key measures: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, complications, percentage of CABG patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage and severity-adjusted average cost.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at .

Minneapolis-based Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Coon Rapids-based Mercy Hospital are part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a non-profit network of hospitals, clinics and other health care services.

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