December 11 , 2008

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Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Named To Thomson Reuters Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals for Sixth Year

Patients Travel from Three State Area for Penn Presbyterian Cardiac Expertise

PHILADELPHIA – Penn Presbyterian Medical Center is the only hospital in Philadelphia to be selected as one of the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters, a leading news and information company. Each year, this award for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance on key criteria at the nation’s top-performing acute-care hospitals. This is the sixth year that Penn Presbyterian has been recognized with this honor.

“This distinction recognizes Penn Presbyterian’s consistent expertise in cardiac care, a tribute to the entire cardiovascular teams' collaborative medical efforts to care for our patients with complex heart conditions,” comments Michele Volpe, Penn Presbyterian Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “When compared with national averages, Penn Presbyterian cardiac patients have better outcomes.”

Patients come to Penn Presbyterian from down the street and across the region – more than half of cardiac inpatients travel from New Jersey and Delaware – seeking Penn Presbyterian’s 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.

“We are honored and proud to have been recognized again by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital,” said Harvey Waxman, MD, chief of Cardiology at Penn Presbyterian. “Our team of cardiovascular specialists is dedicated to caring for some of the most critically ill patients in the Delaware Valley through our unique Heart Rescue, advanced heart failure, vascular, and complex arrhythmia programs. It is rewarding to see that, in spite of the caring for the most critically ill patients, we are still able to achieve excellent clinical outcomes.”

The Thomson Reuters study identifies the nation's top providers of cardiovascular service using the two most recent years of data. Thomson Reuters scored facilities in eight key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of coronary bypass 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:

  • Winning hospitals performed 63 percent more bypass surgeries and the mortality rate for bypass surgery was 26 percent lower in the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winners.
  • The award-winning hospitals demonstrated higher performance on the evidence-based core measures published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and cost $1,542 less per case, on average.

The 2008 "Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals(R): Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success " study appeared in the November 17th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. A complete listing of winners and a report summary is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

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