Loyola's Mortality Rates from Heart Attack and Heart Failure among Nation's Lowest

News Archive July 15, 2009

Loyola's Mortality Rates from Heart Attack and Heart Failure among Nation's Lowest

MAYWOOD, Il. -- Loyola University Medical Center is among the top 5 percent of U.S. hospitals in limiting deaths from heart attacks and heart failure, according to the federal government's latest Hospital Compare reports. At Loyola, 13 percent of Medicare heart attack patients died within 30 days of admission, compared with a national average of 16.6 percent. Among Loyola's heart failure patients, 8 percent died within 30 days, compared to the national average of 11.1 percent. Loyola's 30-day death rate from pneumonia was 10.3 percent, compared to the national average of 11.5 percent. Hospital Compare mortality data include Medicare patients older than 65 who were discharged between July, 2005 and June, 2008. Death rates were risk-adjusted, meaning the calculations take into account how sick patients were when they were admitted. Hospital Compare also includes results from 3,993 Loyola patient surveys. When asked to rate Loyola on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best possible hospital, 60 percent gave Loyola a 9 or 10 and 27 percent gave Loyola a 7 or 8. And 94 percent said they would definitely or probably recommend Loyola. Ninety-four percent of Loyola patients said doctors usually or always treated them with courtesy and respect, listened carefully and explained things in a way they could understand. Ninety-three percent of Loyola patients said the same things about nurses. Loyola is a nationally recognized center of excellence for heart and vascular care. It is the only Illinois hospital to be named to the Thomson Reuters 2008 list of the nation's top 30 teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs. And U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Loyola's heart program as one of the best in the country.
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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