When it comes to life-saving heart attack care and survival after a heart attack, it doesn’t get much better than Doylestown Hospital. Doylestown is ranked #2 in the United States for 30-day heart attack mortality, as reported by the federal government. Also, patients experiencing a heart attack are more likely to survive at Doylestown Hospital than any other hospital in Pennsylvania. For the second year in a row, Doylestown’s outcomes place the hospital in the elite upper echelon of quality care providers.
Data on the 30-day mortality rate for patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) was posted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) services at its HospitalCompare web site (www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov). The results are for a three-year period – July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2011 – and can be found under the “Outcome Measures” tab.
According to Michael Mooradd, MD, FACC, cardiologist and past president of the Medical Staff, “This ranking is the result of a great deal of teamwork at Doylestown Hospital. It represents superior care that starts with distinguished ambulance crews assessing and transmitting EKGs directly to our ER even before the patient arrives. It continues through to our accredited Chest Pain Center as physicians and nurses in our ER further assess and stabilize the patient while a team dedicated to the treatment of heart attack patients rapidly assembles in the catheterization lab. The goal has been to minimize the “door-to-balloon” time, which dramatically increases the likelihood of an outstanding outcome. And the follow-up care patients receive in our specialized cardiac care units completes the process and ensures a high recovery rate among heart attack patients. This complex and superb teamwork directed toward rapid assessment and better treatment has made us one of the very top providers in the nation for each of the past two years.”
The 30-day mortality rate for heart attack patients is 10.4% at Doylestown Hospital; the national average is 15.5%, according to CMS. The mortality rate takes into account not only the life-saving care provided before and during emergency angioplasty, but also the superior care a patient receives after the event and even after they return home.
This ranking affirms the hospital’s designation as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2012 by Thomson Reuters. That study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.
“Doylestown Hospital has a team approach to the care of heart attack patients,” says Steven Guidera, MD, cardiologist with The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital. “Our team consists of physicians, nurses, cardiovascular specialists, therapists and administrators. Each member of the team has a clearly defined role and makes meaningful contributions to the care of our heart attack patients. We constantly evaluate our processes and make refinements with the goal of continuous quality improvement. This recognition acknowledges the hard work of men and women from throughout our hospital family.”