Guthrie's RPH named one of the nation's top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

Sayre, PA – Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, has named Guthrie's Robert Packer Hospital one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals.

"This is an outstanding honor that reflects the skill and dedication of our staff as they work closely together to continuously improve the quality of cardiac care Guthrie provides," states Marie Droege, FACHE, President of Robert Packer Hospital and Chief Operating Officer for the Guthrie Healthcare System. She adds, "We are very pleased to have received this recognition by Thomson Reuters and are excited to share this phenomenal news with the communities we serve."

Thomson Reuters' cardiovascular hospitals study, now in its twelfth year, for the first time singled out 50 hospitals rather than the traditional practice of naming 100 winners. The study examined the performance of 1,022 hospitals in treating patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

This is the seventh time that RPH has been recognized with this honor. This year's winners were announced Nov. 15 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

"We've chosen a more elite group of winners this year. These hospitals have raised the bar significantly," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. "They deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions, and lower costs – which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve. As a result, everyone benefits: patients, families, employers, insurers and the hospital itself."

The study shows that 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and approximately 93 percent remain complication-free, indicative of improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past decade. The 50 top hospitals' performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (33 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery).
  • Lower complications indices (21 percent lower for heart failure complications).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following discharge.
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge heart patients a half day sooner and spend $1,300 less per case than non-winners.

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2008 and 2009 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.

Excellence in cardiac care has a long history at Guthrie's Robert Packer Hospital. Its tradition of offering state-of-the-art cardiac care spans more than five decades. One of the first cardiac programs offered in the Twin Tier region, Guthrie provides patients with evidenced-based, best practices in invasive, non-invasive and therapuetic approaches to managing cardiac disease.