Genesis Medical Center Named One Of The Nation’s Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme St., has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters based on outstanding outcomes and efficiency.

The study, now in its twelfth year, for the first time singled out 50 hospitals rather than the traditional practice of naming 100 winners. The study examined the performance of 1,022 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

This is the first time Genesis Medical Center has been recognized with this honor. This year’s winners were announced Nov. 15 in Modern Healthcare magazine. No other hospitals in Iowa or in the region made the list.

"Genesis has worked very hard and has worked collaboratively to ensure that our heart patients have access to a high standard of care that compares favorably with the best in the country,'' said Doug Cropper, President and CEO, Genesis Health System. "To be recognized among the elite of cardiovascular care in the United States is a tribute to everyone at Genesis who touches the lives of heart patients. We are proud of everyone's efforts in earning this important recognition.''

“We’ve chosen a more elite group of winners this year. These hospitals have raised the bar significantly,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. “They deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions, and lower costs — which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve.

"As a result, everyone benefits: patients, families, employers, insurers and the hospital itself.”

The study shows that 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and approximately 93 percent remain complication-free, indicative of improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past decade.  The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

• Better risk-adjusted survival rates (33 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery).

• Lower complications indices (21 percent lower for heart failure complications).

• Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following discharge.

• Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge heart patients a half day sooner and spend $1,300 less per case 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.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2008 and 2009 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.

Thomson Reuters 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.

The Genesis Heart Institute at Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme St., is a multidisciplinary association of cardiologists, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeons who collaborate on the best approach to manage and treat cardiovascular diseases. Patients treated at the institute have access to some of the most talented professionals in the Quad City region.

The Genesis Heart Institute is more than a building. It is an evolving organization comprised of the many cardiovascular providers in the Eastern Iowa-Western Illinois Region. The Institute provides the latest evidence-based practices for cardiovascular disease. Through the Institute, patients have access to the most

About Genesis Health System

Genesis Health System, its affiliates and partners offer a full continuum of care, including preventive, primary, acute and tertiary hospital care; home

health; hospice; rehabilitation; and long-term care. Its affiliates include Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, DeWitt and the Illini Campus in Silvis, Illinois; and the Genesis Visiting Nurse Association.  Genesis also manages Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa and Mercer County Hospital in Aledo, Ill. Partners include the Center for Digestive Health, Bettendorf, the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House and Spring Street Surgical Center, Davenport.  Serving a 10-county area of eastern Iowa and western Illinois, the Health System also operates Genesis Health Group.  For more information, visit our Web site at www.genesishealth.com.

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