PA) — Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, part
of the University of Pennsylvania Health System,
is the only hospital in Philadelphia to be selected as one of the
nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” for cardiovascular
care by Solucient, a Thomson healthcare business. Every year, the
Solucient award for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance
on key criteria at the nation’s top-performing acute-care hospitals.
This is the fifth year in a row that Penn Presbyterian has been recognized
with this honor.
“We were selected in the category of ‘teaching
hospital with a cardiovascular residency program.’ This distinction
recognizes excellence in the delivery of cardiovascular services,”
comments Michele Volpe, Penn Presbyterian Executive
Director and Chief Executive Officer. “Its importance is what
it symbolizes — the care we’re providing to our cardiac
patients is one that when compared against other similar programs
in the country, rates at the top in terms of its outcomes.”
Volpe goes on to say, “The fact that we’ve now earned
this honor for five consecutive years speaks to the consistency
of the performance of our cardiovascular program, which values every
member of the team working collaboratively in the best interest
of the patient.”
Penn Presbyterian physicians and staff have expertise in complex
arrhythmia management, interventional cardiology, noninvasive cardiology
and cardiac imaging, preventive cardiology, vascular medicine and
endovascular therapy, and women’s heart health. In addition
to routine heart operations, surgeons also perform coronary artery
bypass in high-risk patients, complex aortic surgery, heart valve
repair and minimally invasive robotic-assisted cardiac surgery.
Harvey Waxman, MD, chief of Cardiology at Penn
Presbyterian, states, “It’s important to note that we
are a regional program treating many acutely-ill patients, many
who have come to our hospital after being referred by physicians
in Southern and Central New Jersey and suburban Philadelphia. Our
program is so highly recognized that these patients are ‘stepping
over’ many other reputable programs in the area to come to
ours for significant cardiac care.”
The "Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks
for Success" annual study identifies the nation's top providers
of cardiovascular service, using the two most recent years of data.
The study uses a balance scorecard approach for facilities. 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:
teaching with cardiovascular residency programs, teaching without
cardiovascular residency programs, and community.
These measures help to produce benchmarks to improve cardiology
standards of care for hospitals across the country. The study found
that top-performing facilities consistently outperform their peers,
have higher survival rates, lower complications indices and shorter
lengths of stay compared with the peer group hospitals.
Among the 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.
- Both medical and surgical cardiovascular patients experience
markedly higher survival rates at winning hospitals.
- Winning hospitals performed up to 80 percent more percutaneous
coronary interventions (PCIs) than their peers, and about 50 percent
- 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.
The 2006 "Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks
for Success" study appeared in the Nov. 6 edition of Modern
Healthcare magazine. In the Solucient study — which objectively
identifies hospitals that are the highest performers in the nation
in cardiovascular service — only seven hospitals in Pennsylvania
received this honor. You can access a complete listing of winners
and a report summary at: www.100tophospitals.com.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise
dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care
honors [Hospital of theUniversity of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical
Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network;
two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.