National Study Puts Mercy in Nation’s Top Five Percent for Coronary Intervention

National Study Puts Mercy in Nation’s Top Five Percent for Coronary Intervention

Posted on: October 13, 2009

Canton, Ohio: In its twelfth annual Hospital Quality in America study released today, HealthGrades – the nation’s leading independent health care ratings organization – finds Mercy Medical Center to be

As a result, Mercy is the recipient of the HealthGrades 2010 Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM for the second year in a row.

Mercy’s other notable achievements in the latest HealthGrades report include

Mercy president and CEO Tom Cecconi believes HealthGrades’ findings reflect the commitment of medical center physicians, staff and employees 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 teams provide 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 care in the nation.”

Top-Performing Hospitals Have Dramatically Lower Mortality Rates

HealthGrades’ study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed about 40 million records from 2006, 2007 and 2008 that America’s nearly 5,000 nonfederal hospitals submitted to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, 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.

In the analysis – which evaluates mortality and complication rates for 17 procedures and diagnoses – patients at top hospitals had a 72 percent lower chance of dying when compared with lowest-performing hospitals and a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the national average. A five-star rating means that the actual outcome is better than predicted and statistically significant. Ohio consistently ranks among the states with the greatest percentage of best-performing hospitals. The report places Ohio in the top five states for critical care, heart attacks, gastrointestinal, coronary interventional procedures, pulmonary, heart failure and stroke.

This makes Mercy’s ranking in the Top 10 in Ohio for Cardiac services even more meaningful.

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, Mercy is one of The nation’s fastest angioplasty responders with a median door-to-balloon time of just 57 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 lowest mortality rates anywhere, as confirmed by the HealthGrades report.”

Over the past year, Mercy has achieved a number of other milestones, such as

  • Opening a state-of-the-art intensive care unit.
  • Introducing TomoTherapy (a new form of radiation treatment), a fully installed, on-site PET/CT scanner and SnapShot Pulse (a radiation-reduction tool for its 64-slice CT scanner) to its service area.
  • Offering the world’s first on-demand diabetes A1C blood testing with 24/7 results.
  • Implementing a pharmacy robot, “Smart Pump” IVs, electronic medication administration records and bar coding.

About HealthGrades

Health Grades, Inc. (Nasdaq: HGRD) is the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, providing quality ratings, profiles and cost information on the nation’s hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and prescription drugs. Millions of patients and many of the nation’s largest employers, health plans and hospitals rely on HealthGrades’ quality ratings, advisory services and decision-support resources. More information on how HealthGrades guides America to better healthcare can be found at

About Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation of the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 550 physicians 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, including the provision of care to all, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, see


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