July/August 2001

Two market-based organizations among top 100 cardiovascular hospitals

Two Catholic Health Initiatives market-based organizations – Saint Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. – are included in the list of 100 top cardiovascular hospitals recently released by Solucient, Evanston, Ill., a provider of strategic health care information.

According to Solucient, if all of the 412 hospitals studied performed as well as the top 100, deaths from cardiovascular procedures would decrease 23 percent and postoperative mortality rates would decrease 30 percent. ospitals would also cut their average cost per cardiovascular case by $2,000 for Medicare patients alone, which would result in annual savings of $1.35 million per hospital.

The Solucient study included non-federal acute care hospitals with at least 100 reported cases of acute myocardial infarction among Medicare patients in 1998 and 1999. Qualifying hospitals were also required to have treated at least 125 cases of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and performed at least 125 coronary artery bypass surgeries in each of those two years.