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MGH named one of top 100 hospitals for cardiovascular care

March 30, 2009
Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - For the third consecutive year, Marquette General Hospital has been named one of the nation's 100 top hospitals for cardiovascular care.

The honor was awarded by Thomson Reuters, which gathers, catalogs and markets information about a number of industries including health care, science, finance and media.

MGH is one of 91 hospitals in the nation, over a 10-year period since 1998, to receive the award for three or more consecutive years.

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The annual study examined the performance of 970 hospitals by analyzing clinical outcomes for patients diagnosed with heart failure and heart attacks, and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and angioplasties. The 2008 winners were announced Nov. 17 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

"This is an outstanding achievement for Marquette General Hospital. To continue our leading role in providing enhanced cardiac care to residents of the Upper Peninsula and beyond is an important milestone," said Gary Muller, MGHS President and CEO. "This prestigious designation is the result of exemplary efforts by our talented physicians and employees - we are proud to have them on the MGHS team."

While the average mortality rate for cardiovascular patients is low, at 3.4 percent, the mortality rate for bypass surgery was 26 percent lower in the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winners, according to the study. The award-winning hospitals also demonstrated higher performance and cost less per case, on average.

MGHS provides cardiac care through a network including its Heart Institute, staff physicians and associated specialists, and work with patients across the Upper Peninsula.

"Heart disease is a significant healthcare challenge nationwide," said Dr. Thomas LeGalley of Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Associates. "Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Associates' physicians have worked closely with Marquette General Heart Institute staff to provide the most up-to-date technology and highest level of patient care. It's very rewarding to see these efforts recognized."

The 100 Top Hospitals study focused on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiovascular patients. Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2006 and 2007 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, 2007 Medicare cost reports, and data from other sources. They scored hospitals in key performance areas, including medical mortality, surgical mortality, complications, procedure volume, average length of stay, and average cost.

The study, in its tenth year, found that the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular award winners, as a group, performed 63 percent more bypass surgeries and 42 percent more angioplasties than peer hospitals. This may suggest that performance of bypass surgery is increasingly performed in centers of excellence, according to MGHS officials.

"This award is verification of the dedication and hard work of our Heart Institute team," said Dagmar Raica, MGHS Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. "Every day our staff, nurses and physicians strive to provide the best care to every patient. This award is proof of their commitment to be the best."

The study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

Editor's note: Information for this article was provided by Marquette General Health Systems communications office.



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