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JFK Medical Center Named One of the Nation's Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

November 23, 2009

JFK Medical Center has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. Thomson Reuters’ annual study — 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks — examined the performance of 971 hospitals by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous cardiovascular interventions (PCI) such as angioplasties.

This is the second time JFK Medical Center has been recognized with this honor. The 2009 winners were announced November 16 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“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.”

The study, in its 11th year, 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.

“We are proud that as an organization we continue to set the bar in cardiac excellence,” Says Gina Melby, CEO, JFK Medical Center, “Our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and staff strive  to provide only the highest level of care to our patients, we are excited that we are being recognized by this designation””

Founded more than twenty years ago, the Heart & Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center is a premier facility within a hospital. The cardiac surgery team has performed well over 10,000 open heart surgeries since the institute’s inception and boasts high volumes and superb outcomes. The electrophysiology lab (EP) is one of the busiest labs in the southeastern United States. The cardiac catheterization laboratory at JFK is the only closed lab in Palm Beach County, the university model of delivering this type of care.  JFK’s newly opened Vascular Institute  utilizes the GE Innova Bi-Plane™ technology, which allows physicians to view detailed 3-D images on two different planes at once and is imperative in delivering state of the art stroke care and vascular treatment.  Studies show that volume equates with quality and JFK proudly has the highest volumes in the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast in coronary bypass surgery, cardiac catheterization, defibrillator Implants and pacemaker insertion. (According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration)

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 Reuters 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.

The measures were calculated for three classes of hospitals with the following number of winners in each:

  • Teaching with cardiovascular residency programs, 30 winners
  • Teaching without cardiovascular residency programs, 40 winners
  • Community, 30 winners

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