Posted on: October 21, 2010

Canton, Ohio (October 21, 2010) –HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, published a study this week finding that Mercy Medical Center is among the top 5% in the nation for Overall Cardiac Care, Cardiology Services and Coronary Interventional Procedures. The nation’s nearly 5,000 hospitals were all included in this sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2007, 2008 and 2009.

American households are now the second largest payer of health care services, second only to the federal government, and are outspending private business. So it is not surprising that patients are now consuming complex quality information that at once was only available to hospitals themselves. Mercy Medical Center supports efforts to make quality outcomes available to our community. We are pleased to announce that Mercy Medical Center received the following HealthGrades 2011 Awards:

  • Cardiac Care Excellence Award™
  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ For 3 Years in a Row (2009-2011)
  • Cardiology Services Excellence Award ™

HealthGrades report showed that Mercy Medical Center Ranked #1 in Ohio for 2011 in the following areas:

  • Overall Cardiac Services
  • Cardiology Services
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures

Mercy also received Five-Star rating for these services:

  • Overall Cardiac Services in 2011
  • Cardiology Services in 2011
  • Coronary Bypass Surgery For 2 Years in a Row (2010-2011)
  • Coronary Interventional Procedures For 5 Years in a Row (2007-2011)
  • Treatment of Heart Attack For 3 Years in a Row (2009-2011)
  • Treatment of Heart Failure in 2011

Mercy president and CEO Tom Cecconi believes HealthGrades’ findings reflect the commitment of medical center physicians and staff to consistent delivery of quality patient care, as well as
Mercy’s investments in technology, which are intended to make health care safer and more effective. He says, “The HealthGrades ratings and awards are not only gratifying, but also a testimony to the level of care that our outstanding medical team provides for patients every day. The communities we serve in our five-county area can continue to be confident in Mercy, knowing they have access to some of the very best heart care in the nation.”

The Thirteenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records over a three-year period.

HealthGrades’ hospital ratings are the leading objective, actionable quality measures based solely on clinical performance made available to the public.

Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study. For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had a 72% lower chance of dying when compared with the lowest-performing hospitals, and a 53% lower chance of dying when compared to the U.S. national average.

HealthGrades Hospital Quality Ratings

HealthGrades rates hospitals independently based on data that hospitals submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No hospital can opt in or out of being rated, and no hospital pays to be rated.

For 26 procedures and medical treatments, HealthGrades issues star ratings that reflect the mortality and complication rates for each category of care. Hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have mortality or complication rates that are below the national average, to a statistically significant degree. A 3-star rating means the hospital performs as expected. One-star ratings indicate the hospital’s mortality or complication rates in that procedure or treatment are statistically higher than average. Because the risk profiles of patient populations at hospitals are not alike, HealthGrades risk-adjusts the data to allow for equal comparisons.

More information on today’s HealthGrades study, including the complete methodology, can be found at

Mercy Continues as a National Heart Care Leader

For decades Mercy has been one of America’s heart care leaders. Home to the nation’s first accredited chest pain center and first fully functioning cardiac catheterization lab in an emergency department,100% of patients reach catheterization in under 1 hour—and many are under fifteen minutes. This makes Mercy the nation’s fastest angioplasty responder with a record time of door to reperfusion of 7 minutes.

Other notable heart care firsts include the world’s first angioplasty in an emergency department, the nation’s first cardiac catheterization in a community hospital and Ohio’s first accredited Heart Failure Institute. In 2008 Mercy became the first in its service area to debut the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System, and hospital surgeons are using Mercy’s robots to help pioneer robotic minimally invasive heart surgery. Eligible patients can undergo open heart surgery through incisions that are smaller than dimes, resulting in less pain, less blood loss and faster recovery.
Ahmed Sabe, M.D., medical director of the Mercy Heart Center, says, “At Mercy, we believe a community hospital must strive for excellence because the lives of those in our community depend on us. Every heart care initiative at Mercy is in keeping with the hospital’s mission to do what’s best for our patients, and our efforts have been rewarded with some of the lowest mortality rates anywhere, as confirmed by the HealthGrades report.”


About Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, visit

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