Thomson Reuters Names Mercy One of Nation's 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Thomson Reuters Names Mercy One of Nation’s 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Posted on: December 1, 2009

Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center was just named as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters.

Thomson Reuters’ 11th annual study — 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks — analyzed the clinical outcomes of 971 U.S. hospitals for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous cardiovascular interventions (PCI) such as angioplasty. The 2009 winners were announced November 16.

“Cardiovascular disease is still the number-one killer in the United States so we look for the hospitals that provide the best care,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs of Thomson Reuters. “These hospitals set the national standard for cardiovascular disease outcomes, process of care, efficiency, and lower costs. They deliver significant value to their communities.”
This honor follows Mercy’s recent HealthGrades designations, including top five percent of U.S. hospitals for coronary intervention, one of the top 10 in Ohio for overall cardiac services and best in Stark County for overall cardiac care.

Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO, congratulates the hospital’s outstanding heart center team on another important achievement.
He says, “The Thomson Reuters and HealthGrades honors again confirm that Mercy Heart Center provides the best cardiac care in Stark County and is among the top heart programs in the nation. And, it’s a testimony to the fact that we are living out our mission to provide quality, compassionate, affordable care to the communities we serve.”
Ahmed Sabe, M.D., medical director of Mercy Heart Center, notes the hospital’s recent awards are the result of consistent, thorough patient-care protocols and the use of cutting-edge technology.

“For decades, our heart center team has been building this nationally recognized program,” says Sabe. “Together, we have achieved many innovative firsts, including the first in our service area to perform robot-assisted heart surgery, the world’s first accredited emergency chest pain center and the nation’s first fixed, state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab in an emergency department. Our goal is simple: to combat coronary heart disease and provide the highest level of care possible for 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 Reuter’s 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.

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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