OSF Cardiovascular Service #1 in Rockford

11/11/2016 - Rockford, Illinois

OSF Saint Anthony a Top 50 Cardio Hospital

A respected, independent national health analytics firm recognizes OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, already a market leader in the number of cardiovascular procedures performed, as one of the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular care. OSF Saint Anthony – now performing more than 60% of all cardiovascular procedures in Rockford - is also the only regional hospital performing Trans Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) surgery for patients with severe or intermediate stenosis for which traditional open heart surgery is not an option.

In its annual, objective, quantitative study, based on publicly available data and a balanced look at clinical, operational, and financial performance metrics from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, Truven Health says OSF Saint Anthony is setting new performance standards for this high-profile service line.

“The dedication of the OSF Saint Anthony cardiovascular team is unmatched in our region,” says Dr. Thomas Isaacson, Medical Vice President Cardiovascular Service Line at Saint Anthony. “Every person, from the surgeons to the nurses and therapists, make this type of quality possible every day. The willingness of each OSF cardio employee to embrace the work of learning, to scrutinize the “usual,” and to be open to all of the many possibilities, touches all of our patients and adds value to the care we provide, with the Greatest Care and Love.”    

“The OSF Saint Anthony team is dedicated to quality outcomes and providing the highest level of care to every patient, every time,” says OSF Saint Anthony President Paula Carynski. “It is extremely satisfying that commitment is being recognized by such a prestigious firm.”

This recognition is in addition to two recent cardiac care awards: the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG (Get With The Guidelines) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2016 and the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Specifically, Truven’s 2017 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals had:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival than non-winning cardiovascular hospitals (25 to 55 percent higher)
  • Fewer patients with complications (20 to 22 percent fewer)
  • Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF), and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients (0.5 to 1.1 percentage points higher)
  • Lower readmission rates for AMI, HF, and CABG patients (0.5 to 1.2 percentage points lower)
  • Average lengths of stay for CABG patients that were one day lower (0.3 to 0.5 days lower than the other patient groups)
  • $1,200 to $6,100 less in total costs per patient case


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