BURLINGTON VT - Fletcher Allen was named to the list of top 100 hospitals for Cardiovascular Care in the United States in an annual study released December 2009 by Thomson Reuters, Inc.
The 11th annual study identifies the 100 U.S. hospitals that set the nation's benchmarks for inpatient cardiovascular care. Thomson Reuters supplies information to professionals working in finance, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science, and media fields.
The study, 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks, examined the performance of 971 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks, and for those who received coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous cardiovascular interventions (PCI) such as angioplasties.
The study found that these hospitals have:
17 percent lower mortality rates for heart attack patients.
10 percent lower mortality rates for heart failure patients.
27 percent lower mortality for bypass surgery patients.
22 percent lower mortality following PCI.
Fewer post-operative complications (99 percent of patients were complication-free).
Close to 12 percent shorter average hospital stay.
12 percent lower cost per case.
These top performing hospitals perform over 50 percent more cardiac surgeries than peer hospitals.
"These hospitals provide balanced, high-performance across cardiovascular services. This means they are providing high quality and highly efficient care at a reasonable cost in comparison to peers across the United States," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.
The 100 Top Hospitals study evaluated short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. Hospitals were classified into three comparison groups: Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs (30 hospitals, including Fletcher Allen), Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency Programs (40 hospitals), and community hospitals (30 hospitals).
Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2007 and 2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, 2008 Medicare cost reports, and data from other sources. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical 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, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.
About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont's academic medical center. Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region. For more information about Fletcher Allen, visit our Web site at http://www.fletcherallen.org/.
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