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Lankenau Medical Center named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven for ninth year

Lankenau Medical Center November 16, 2015 News Releases

For the ninth consecutive year, Lankenau Medical Center, part of Main Line Health’s Lankenau Heart Institute, has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics in the “Top Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs” category. Lankenau is the only hospital in the Philadelphia region, and one of only two in Pennsylvania, to be named to the list.

“This award continues to acknowledge our strong reputation for providing superior cardiovascular care in the region,” said Phil Robinson, President, Lankenau Medical Center. “Our dedicated team of clinicians works collaboratively to provide expert, patient-centered care, carefully tailored to meet the unique needs of our patients.”

Lankenau Medical Center is one of only five hospitals in the region able to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and is among the highest performing TAVR Centers in the nation. It is also heavily involved in clinical research, and its cardiac surgeons have performed more than 1,300 robotic heart bypass procedures—more than any hospital in the nation. Lankenau Medical Center was recently named among Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs.” U.S. News & World Report also recognized the hospital as high-performing for heart failure and heart bypass surgery in its common care ratings.

“Our skilled clinical staff works tirelessly to provide the highest quality of cardiovascular care to our patients, and this recognition serves as validation of that commitment,” says Konstadinos Plestis, MD, system chief, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Main Line Health’s Lankenau Heart Institute.

Truven’s study, now in its 17th year, uses a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics to identify the 50 highest-performing cardiovascular services lines in the nation. The rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years. These processes are widely regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

“Winners of the Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals award recognize that delivering healthcare value to their communities requires the type of consistent high performance across the continuum of care that can only be achieved through a commitment to constant improvement,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. "The nation’s most successful hospitals know that strategic alignment of quality, costs, and the patient experience is critical to delivering top-quality care. We’re proud to recognize their diligent efforts.”

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals spent an average of $6,100 less per bypass surgery than non-winning hospitals and more than $1,200 less per heart failure patient admitted. Some of the key performance benchmarks set by this year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals include:

  • Lower Readmissions Rates: Readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure were 1.05 percentage points lower than non-winning hospitals.
  • Higher Inpatient Survival Rates: Winning hospitals experienced inpatient survival rates that were 20 to 33 percent higher than non-winning hospitals.
  • Fewer Complications: The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals achieved 8 to 11 percent fewer patients with complications.
  • Shorter Length of Stay: Patients at winning hospitals spent an average of one-half to one full day fewer in the hospital than patients at non-winning hospitals.

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2013 and 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2014 Medicare cost reports and second-quarter 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance 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.

Information about the study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at For information about cardiovascular services offered at Lankenau Medical Center and across Main Line Health, visit

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 campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high-performing in four specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, orthopedics and pulmonology. Lankenau was also ranked as high performing in all nine of the Common Core specialty areas that the publication analyzes, including: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. 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. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.


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