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Deer Valley Named in Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an international consulting organization that provides information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

Truven's analysis showed the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals spent roughly $2,000 less per bypass surgery and about $1,000 less per heart attack patient admitted. The winners were also quicker to release their patients: a half day better than their peers for heart attack, heart failure, and angioplasty cases, and a full day sooner for bypass patients.

Truven said this year's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals achieved superior clinical outcomes, provided better care and were more efficient than their peers, adding that if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winning hospitals, more than:

  • 8,600 additional lives could be saved
  • $1 billion in health care costs could be saved
  • 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free

"We are honored to be nationally recognized for the intensive efforts we have made at Deer Valley to evaluate, expedite and improve heart care," said hospital CEO John Harrington Jr. "This has been a hospital-wide team effort to continuously identify areas and processes that we can enhance so we can provide better medical treatment and our patients will experience better outcomes."

The study researchers analyzed 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (Med PAR) data, 2012 Medicare cost reports and 2013 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data for general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, nonfederal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

The study evaluated performance and 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.

"This year's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the healthcare system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics.

"With this year's 50 Top Cardiovascular award winners, we are seeing the early influence of system efforts to build centers of excellence and develop uniform outcomes across hospitals," she added. "Sixteen hospitals, representing 32 percent of the winners, are owned by four health systems. This is a significant finding that foreshadows increasingly better outcomes as systems focus on the consistency of results for populations served."

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