Top 100 for Cardiovascular Care
Milwaukee (Dec. 3, 2007) — Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin have been named a 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals award winner for cardiovascular care.
The national study, in its ninth year and entitled “Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success,” was administered by Thomson Healthcare. It scored hospitals in eight key performance areas related to the following treatment areas: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty).
According to the study, if all hospitals with cardiovascular programs achieved the same results as the 100 Top Hospital award winners, more than 7,000 lives would be saved and nearly 750 medical complications would be avoided annually.
“As an academic medical center, we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality specialty heart care for our patients,” said Michael Cinquegrani, MD, interim chief of cardiovascular medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Cinquegrani specializes in interventional cardiology and practices at Froedtert Hospital. “This award validates that we are not only saving lives and improving outcomes, but we are also shortening hospital stays and reducing costs.”
In addition to top clinical outcomes, the Top 100 Hospitals had an average patient stay that was 12 percent shorter than its peer hospitals (5.14 days compared with 5.85 days). Also, costs averaged 13 percent less per case (about $2,000) than peer hospitals.
Froedtert & the Medical College were one of just two Wisconsin medical centers to win the award in the category of “Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs.”
About Thomson Healthcare:
Thomson Healthcare, the organization administering “Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success,” is a healthcare firm based in Stamford, CT. It has 32,000 employees and operates in 37 countries, helping organizations across the healthcare industry improve clinical and business performance.
Author: Brian Dorrington
Last Review Date: Dec. 3, 2007