Loyola Again Named a Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care

News Archive November 16, 2009

Loyola Again Named a Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care

MAYWOOD, Il. -- For the fifth time, Loyola University Medical Center has been named one of America's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. The rating is based on outcomes for patients who have been treated for heart attacks or heart failure or have had balloon angioplasties. The top 100 hospitals were among 971 hospitals analyzed. "These hospitals provide balanced high performance across cardiovascular services," said Thomson Reuters senior vice president Jean Chenoweth. "This means they are providing high quality and highly efficient services at a reasonable cost in comparison to peers across the United States." Loyola also was named to the 100 Top Hospitals list in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008. Loyola is the only academic medical center in the Chicago area to have made the list five times. "Our multidisciplinary team of nationally recognized heart and vascular specialists has a broad and deep experience in the treatment of all forms of cardiovascular disease," said Dr. David Wilber, director of Loyola's Cardiovascular Institute. "This experience has translated into improved outcomes for our patients." As a group, the 100 Top Hospitals have: -- 17 percent lower mortality rates for heart attack patients. -- 10 percent lower mortality rates for heart failure patients. -- 27 percent lower mortality for bypass surgery patients. -- 22 percent lower mortality following angioplasties. -- Close to 12 percent shorter average hospital stay. -- 12 percent lower cost per case. Thomson Reuters produces reports to help organizations improve performance and manage costs. Its 100 Top Hospitals ranking is based on public data from Medicare and other sources. It includes measures such as mortality, complications, procedure volume, length of stay and cost. Loyola consistently rates as one of the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals. For seven years in a row, U.S. News and World Report magazine has ranked Loyola as one of the top 50 hospitals nationwide for Heart and Heart Surgery. And on the federal government's Hospital Compare reports, Loyola recently was among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals in limiting deaths from heart attacks and heart failure.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.
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