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Hoag Hospital Named One of the Nation's Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters
Date:12/9/2009

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hoag Hospital has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals(R) for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters.

Thomson Reuters' annual study -- 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks -- examined the performance of 971 hospitals by analyzing clinical 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.

"Cardiovascular disease is still the number-one killer in the United States so we look for the hospitals that provide the best care," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs of Thomson Reuters. "These hospitals set the national standard for cardiovascular disease outcomes, process of care, efficiency, and lower costs. They deliver significant value to their communities."

The study, in its 11th year, found that the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winners 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.

"This is a great honor achieved by the hard work and dedication of not only Hoag Heart and Vascular Institute's physicians and nurses but Hoag Hospital's entire staff," commented Richard Afable, M.D., president and CEO of Hoag Hospital. "We continue to surpass national benchmarks and provide our patients with the highest possible level of care."

The 100 Top Hospitals study focused on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospi
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