Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Named Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2011

Sayre, Pa – Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.

This is the eighth time Robert Packer Hospital has appeared on the Thomson Reuters Top Cardiovascular Hospital list, two times as Top 50 and six times when the list encompassed 100 Top Hospitals.This year’s winners were announced November 14 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

Dwight Stapleton, MD, Guthrie’s Chief of Cardiovascular Services said, “An accomplishment like this is reflective of the entire team, not just the doctors, but the residents, the nurses, the support staff, everyone. It is a significant thing for Robert Packer Hospital to be recognized on this list for the eighth time.”

Robert Packer Hospital President Marie Droege commented on the level of consistent performance it takes to appear on the Top 50/Top 100 list several years in a row. “This honor demonstrates our deep commitment to bringing the finest in cardiac services to the communities that count on us. It is an obligation we take very seriously and an effort that cannot come and go. It must be every patient, every time.”

The study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. “The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the healthcare system is steeped in volatility.”

If all hospitals achieved the same performance as the 50 top cardiovascular hospitals, Thomson Reuters projects that almost 7,700 lives and $1 billion could be saved. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals also:

  • Spend an average $4,000 less per bypass surgery case.
  • Have significantly better 30-day survival.
  • Maintain lower 30-day readmission rates for heart attack and heart failure patients.
  • Return patients to daily life half a day a day earlier, on average.


Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and 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.

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county area service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.