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Aspirus Wausau Hospital named Top Cardiovascular Hospital for 8th Time

WAUSAU, Wis. Thomson Reuters has named Aspirus Wausau Hospital one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. The recognition was based on a study that examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

This is the eighth time Aspirus Wausau Hospital has received this honor. This year’s winners were announced November 14 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“It takes great effort and excellent people to achieve this level of care even one time,” said Diane Postler-Slattery, President and Chief Operating Officer for Aspirus Wausau Hospital. “To be recognized eight times shows just how consistently well we care for our heart patients.”

Jean Chenowith, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters, said the 2012 award-winners have done something special.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate,” she said. “The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the health care system is steeped in volatility.”

The study shows that 97 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and approximately 96 percent remain complication-free, reflecting improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past year. The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (23 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients).
  • Lower complications indices (40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass case than non-winners. 
  • Increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries.  Top hospitals have increased their use of this recommended procedure from 88 to 96 percent

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They 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.

The Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute at Aspirus Wausau Hospital pools the energies and expertise of the best surgeons, cardiologists and research specialists to attack the disease from all angles. Through innovations in beating-heart surgery, minimally-invasive valve surgery, carotid stenting, atrial fibrillation ablation and more, Aspirus has become the cardiovascular institute of choice for educated consumers throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

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Andy Napgezek, Aspirus

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