Lahey Clinic only Boston-area hospital named among nation's top 100 cardiovascular hospitals

Release Date: 11/19/2008

Rose Lewis
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Lahey Clinic only Boston-area hospital named among nation's top 100 cardiovascular hospitals

BURLINGTON, MA—Thomson Reuters, formerly Solucient, has again named Lahey Clinic one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care.

In its newly released annual study, titled 2008 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success, the panel examined the performance of nearly 1,000 U.S. hospitals by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and those who received coronary bypass surgery and angioplasties. The hospitals cited achieved the highest scores on these measures.

“We are proud to receive this award demonstrating Lahey's continuing dedication to high quality cardiovascular care,” said Richard W. Nesto, MD, chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and chair of the Division of Internal Medicine. “Heart disease continues to be the nation's number one killer. Lahey's multidisciplinary approach to care, combined with a commitment to research and advanced technologies, drive our success.”

The study focused on short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The researchers analyzed 2006 and 2007 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, 2007 Medicare cost reports and other data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas including: 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.

Only two hospitals in Massachusetts made the list. In all, 30 hospitals in the nation were recognized in the same category as Lahey's — teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs.

Recently, Lahey was named one of nine hospitals in the nation and two in Massachusetts to perform better than the national average for heart attack survival, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ranking (2008).

The Leapfrog Group also named Lahey the only Massachusetts hospital in the best quartile rankings for survival outcomes for both coronary bypass surgery and angioplasty.

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.