Doylestown Hospital Best in PA, Tied for 4th in Nation for Patients Surviving Heart Attacks
Patients experiencing a heart attack are more likely to survive at Doylestown Hospital than any other hospital in Pennsylvania. Doylestown’s survivability rate, as reported by the federal government, is also tied for fourth best in the nation.
Data on the 30-day mortality rate for patients with acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) was recently 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 2007 to June 2010 – and can be found under the “Outcome Measures” tab.
Doylestown Hospital’s ranking as best in Pennsylvania and tied for fourth in the nation is confirmed in an analysis by USA Today in its online editions(http://yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011/07/Compare-hospitals-on-heart-attack-heart-failure-and-pneumonia/49683752/1).
The 30-day mortality rate for heart attack patients is 10.9% at Doylestown Hospital; the national average is 15.9%, according to CMS.
“This high level of quality care sustained over a long period of time is a tribute to teamwork at Doylestown Hospital” according to Joseph Auteri, MD, Medical Director of The Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital. “These superior outcomes are the result of coordinated care. It begins with the ambulance services that transmit EKGs directly to our Emergency Department before they arrive. The physicians and nurses in our ER’s accredited Chest Pain Center quickly assess the patient; a team dedicated to the treatment of heart attack patients assembles rapidly in the cardiac catheterization lab. Outstanding follow-up care in the hospital nursing units further ensures high survivability among our heart attack patients.”
Only one other hospital in Bucks or Montgomery counties made USA Today’s top 100 list, and that was in the 85th position.