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NCH Healthcare System Heart Services Ranked Number One In Florida

 
Naples, Florida (October 15, 2007) -- NCH Healthcare System was ranked Best (#1) in Florida for both Overall Cardiac Services and for Cardiology Services, according to the Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study issued today. This is the first year that one healthcare system has been ranked first in both heart services, according to HealthGrades officials.

Overall Cardiac Services include cardiac surgery and cardiovascular services such as coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement surgery, coronary interventional procedures, acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Cardiology Services refers to heart issues that are medically managed including heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and acute myocardial infarction.

HealthGrades also ranked the NCH Healthcare System among the top in the nation in several clinical areas, including Back and Neck Surgery, Spine Surgery, Treatment of Stroke, Pulmonary Services, and GI Medical Treatment.

The HealthGrades study, the largest of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals over the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Allen Weiss, M.D., NCH President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This significant recognition is testimony to the extraordinary efforts of NCH caregivers in a great many clinical areas.

“For more than a decade, NCH has been a leader in heart care.

Ten years ago, the Shick Heart Center opened to provide quality cardiac services to southwest Florida. Working with Collier County Emergency Medical Services, our “Code Save-A-Heart” program has saved hundreds of lives. This honor is richly deserved by NCH doctors, nurses and other professionals.”

A summary of NCH recognition by Healthgrades follows:

  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Best (#1) in FL for Overall Cardiac Services
  • Ranked Best (#1) in FL for Cardiology Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Cardiac Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Cardiology Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Heart Attack
  • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Spine Surgery
  • Ranked #5 in FL for Spine Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion)
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (Spinal Fusion)
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Stroke
  • Recipient of the HealthGrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™
  • Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Overall Pulmonary Services
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment
  • Ranked #4 in FL for GI Medical Treatment
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of GI Bleed
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Pancreatitis
  • Received the Highest Possible Star Ratings for Treatment of GI Bleed
  • Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Sepsis

 

10th Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America

The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided by approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed Medicare discharges from virtually every U.S. hospital between 2004 and 2006. Risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates were calculated and hospitals were assigned a 1-star (poor), 3-star (as expected), or 5-star (best) quality rating for 28 diagnoses and procedures from heart failure to hip replacement to pneumonia.

Based on the study, HealthGrades today made available its 2008 quality ratings for virtually every hospital in the country at http://www.healthgrades.com/, a Web site designed to help individuals research and compare local healthcare providers.

“Our research shows that while the overall quality of hospital care in America is improving, the gap between the best-performing hospitals and the worst persists,” said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades' chief medical officer and author of the study. “This persistent gap makes it imperative that anyone planning to be admitted to a hospital do their homework and seek out highly rated facilities.”

Among the study's key findings:

• Gaps persist between the “best” and the “worst” hospitals across all procedures and conditions studied. Five-star rated hospitals, had statistically significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality across all three years studied.

• Across all procedures and conditions studied, there was an approximate 71 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital.

• Across all procedures and conditions studied, there was an approximate 52 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.

The 2008 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization's award-winning consumer Web site, located at http://www.healthgrades.com/. More than three million individuals and employees of some of the nation's largest employers and health plans visit HealthGrades each month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals' patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

About NCH Healthcare System

The NCH Healthcare System is a full service, integrated healthcare system with 681 licensed beds collaborating with over 535 independent physicians to care for over 31,000 patients each year. Additionally, NCH's ERs and outpatient areas had over 120,000 visits for the past few years. Caring for all ages in the community it serves, NCH performs approximately 500 open heart surgeries and 4,500 deliveries each year. NCH has been recognized by various quality agencies for low mortality in caring for heart attacks, strokes, as well as other areas.