UW Hospital Again Makes Top 100 in Heart Care

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Excellent patient outcomes at a reasonable cost – success at that equation has once again propelled University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison to the list of the nation's 100 top cardiovascular hospitals as measured by Thomson Reuters Healthcare® (formerly Solucient).

The annual Thomson Reuters award for cardiovascular services objectively measures performance on key criteria at 1,000 of the nation's top performing acute-care hospitals. UW Hospital and Clinics is the only listed hospital in the Madison area.

"It's great to be recognized once," says Dr. Matthew Wolff, head of cardiovascular medicine at UW Hospital and Clinics. "But UW has made this competitive list five times now, and that confirms that outstanding heart care is part of our culture."

Thomson scored facilities in eight key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

All hospitals analyzed had to provide care for patients with heart failure and for those with acute myocardial function (AMI), and must offer both coronary angioplasty and coronary bypass surgery.

The benchmarks are based on publicly available data from 2006 and 2007. The key findings in this year's benchmarks focus not just on quality patient care, but also on efficiency and cost of care. If all hospitals provided the same level of cardiovascular care as those on the list, more than 6,000 patients per year would survive.

To keep comparisons meaningful, hospitals are measured against their peer institutions. UW Hospital was evaluated in comparison with other teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency-training programs.

For information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.