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Lankenau Medical Center among the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Thursday, November 07, 2013

For seventh year, Lankenau Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Lankenau is the only hospital in the region, and one of only two hospitals in Pennsylvania, to make the list.

“This distinction underscores Lankenau’s position as a national leader in cardiovascular care,” said Phil Robinson, president, Lankenau Medical Center, in a message to LMC employees. “With the addition of the Heart Pavilion and the establishment of the Lankenau Heart Institute, we are paving the way for the future of heart care and are providing high quality, innovative services that our patients and community members deserve and have come to expect at Lankenau.”

Lankenau was chosen from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals based on the outstanding care and new standards in excellence that the medical center brings to the health care industry. It was also one of only 15 hospitals named in the “Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs” category. The winning hospitals were announced in the November 4 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“Our clinical expertise at Lankenau provides the greatest benefit to our patients,” says Peter R. Kowey, MD, chair, Cardiovascular Services, Main Line Health. “With our team-based, patient-centered approach, patients of the Lankenau Heart Institute are sure to receive superior care.”

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the healthcare system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Their success is a testament to the strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.”  

According to Truven Health Analytics, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:
• 8,600 additional lives could be saved
• $1 billion could be saved
• 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free

For more information about this study, visit 100tophospitals.com. For more information about the Lankenau Heart Institute at Main Line Health, visit mainlinehealth.org/heart.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre suburban campus just outside of Philadelphia, the 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education. Lankenau offers state-of-the-art services from cancer care to maternity care. Lankenau is ranked #14 in Pennsylvania and #10 in the Philadelphia metro area in US News & World Report’s Best Hospitals, and is high-performing in 12 of 16 potential categories: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital has achieved MAGNET® designation, the nation’s highest award for excellence in nursing care. For more information about Lankenau Medical Center, visit mainlinehealth.org/lankenau.

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