Lahey Clinic Medical Center Among Nation's Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals

Release Date: 11/20/2009

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Lahey Clinic Medical Center among Nation's Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals

Lahey has received distinction eight times and is only one of six hospitals in Massachusetts to earn a spot on the list

Burlington, Mass.-- Lahey Clinic Medical Center has again been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters.

Thomson Reuters' annual study -- 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks -- examined the performance of nearly 1,000 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.
This is the 8th time Lahey Clinic has been recognized with this honor. The 2009 winners were announced November 16 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“As heart disease continues to be this country's number one killer, we are proud to be included in the 100 Top Hospitals list once again,” said Richard S. D'Agostino, MD, chair of the department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Lahey. “Lahey's multidisciplinary approach, combined with a commitment to research and to adopting the most advanced technologies, is what allows us to continue delivering the highest quality care to our patients.”

The study 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

The 100 Top Hospitals study focused on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2007 and 2008 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) 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 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

Lahey was one of only six hospitals in Massachusetts to make the list. In all, 30 hospitals in the nation were recognized along with Lahey in the teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs category.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.