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    Penrose- St. Francis Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

    November 11,2013

    The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key 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 study is celebrating its 15th year and has been conducted annually since 1999. This is the third time Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has been recognized with this honor.

    “Penrose-St. Francis has been a vital part of this community for more than 125 years," said Margaret Sabin, president and chief executive officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services. “Until recently, consumers selected where to receive care based on reputation or location. Tools such as this Truven Health report now allow consumers to research and choose a heart care provider based on the quality of care that a hospital provides, and we’re finding that they’re willing to travel to get quality care."

    Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2012 Medicare cost reports, and 2013 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. The winning hospitals were announced in the November 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

    “This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the healthcare system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Their success is a testament to the strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes."

     If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:

    ? 8,600 additional lives could be saved

    ? $1 billion could be saved

    ? 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free

    More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com. For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit truvenhealth.com.



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