MeritCares Heart Center Save More Lives and Avoids More Medical Complications

MeritCare Heart Center named one of nation's top 100 heart hospitals eight times in nine yearsFor the eighth time in nine years, MeritCare has been named one of the nation's 100 top heart hospitals. Each year, a study, called the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals® Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success is done that compares success rates at high performing heart centers nationwide. The study evaluated nearly 1,000 U.S. hospitals by analyzing their outcomes for eight measures (mortality, complications, length of stay, cost, etc.) related to heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty and bypass surgery. The list of winning hospitals was published in today's issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

MeritCare Heart Center named one of nation's top 100 heart hospitals eight times in nine years

For the eighth time in nine years, MeritCare has been named one of the nation's 100 top heart hospitals. Each year, a study, called the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals® Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success is done that compares success rates at high performing heart centers nationwide. The study evaluated nearly 1,000 U.S. hospitals by analyzing their outcomes for eight measures (mortality, complications, length of stay, cost, etc.) related to heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty and bypass surgery. The list of winning hospitals was published in today's issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

It's a challenge to achieve top 100-heart status, and for MeritCare to have received the honor repeatedly is truly a mark of excellence. The study notes that the 100 top heart hospitals save more lives, avoid more medical complications, treat patients in less time, and do so at a lower cost. In fact, if all cardiovascular hospitals achieved the same results, more than 7,000 lives would be saved and nearly 750 medical complications would be avoided each year. For the over 6,000 heart patients from Fargo, Moorhead and surrounding area that are cared for at MeritCare, this is important news.

Dr. Craig Kouba, the lead doctor at MeritCare's Heart Center says, "We're really pleased to have received this award and are honored to care for the people of our region. It's wonderful to be part of a team that delivers such unparalleled care."

MeritCare's Heart Center has the largest team of heart specialists in the region:
  • 14 board-certified cardiologists, with specialists in interventional cardiology and electrophysiology
  • Three board-certified cardiothoracic surgeons
  • One board-certified pediatric cardiologist
  • Eight physician assistants and nurse practitioners

Additional information:
The 100 top heart hospital award winners had:
  • Hospital stays that were 12 percent shorter, on average, than peer hospitals
  • Costs that averaged 13 percent, or about $2000, less per case than peer hospitals

The study breaks the top 100 into three groups:
  • Teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs (there were 30 winners)
  • Teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residency programs (there were 40 winners; MeritCare is in this category)
  • Community hospitals (there were 30 winners)

There are many honors/rankings available in the health-care industry, some of which are marketing packages that may be purchased for a fee. The Thomson study is independent; those listed don't pay for this honor or the rights to use it.

This study used to be called the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals® Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success.

For more information, go to either news.meritcare.com or 100tophospitals.com.