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Providence Hospitals Ranked Among the Top in U.S. for Heart Care

Providence Hospital: Southfield
Cardiac Care, Heart Care Network page
Tuesday, October 02, 2012


Providence Hospitals Ranked Among the Top in U.S. for Heart Care

Contact: Brian Taylor, 586-753-0726.

Providence Hospital is ranked as one of top 50 hospitals in the United States for heart care, according to an independent national study conducted by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. 

This is the 11th time that Providence has been named to the list in the category of Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs.

“This recognition is a tribute to the entire heart care team at Providence and their commitment to providing the highest quality and most compassionate care to our patients,” says to Shukri David, M.D., chief of cardiology at Providence Hospital.

The study, now in its fourteenth year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have proven that a commitment to deliver excellent care is still attainable in times of economic uncertainty," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “The hospitals in this study have achieved higher levels of care and efficiency than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.”

The study shows that cardiovascular outcomes in U.S. hospitals are improving nationwide. Across all U.S. hospitals, 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and remain complication-free. Among the 50 Top Hospitals, performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (41 percent fewer deaths than expected, compared with 9 percent fewer than expected at peer hospitals, for bypass surgery patients).
  • Lower complications indices (35 percent lower rate of heart failure complications than peers).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital stays. The typical winning hospital released their bypass patients a full day sooner, and their heart attack and heart failure patients about three-quarters of a day sooner than their peers.
  • Lower costs. Top hospitals spend $3,500 less per bypass case and $1,000 less per angioplasty than non-winners.

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2010 and 2011 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2010 Medicare cost reports, and 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

Providence Hospital is a member of the St. John Providence Health System Heart & Vascular Care Network, a leading provider of heart care in Michigan. Providence is also recognized as Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.