RPH named one of top hospitals in nation for cardiovascular care

Sayre, PA – For the sixth time since 2001, Robert Packer Hospital has been designated a 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital by Thomson Reuters, an organization that provides information services to health care facilities nationwide. The award recognizes the exceptional quality of cardiovascular care Robert Packer provides, measuring the hospital's patient outcomes in four treatment areas: congestive heart failure, heart attacks, angioplasty and bypass surgery.

"There is one overriding reason why we've been selected for this prestigious award six times, and that is teamwork," said Marie Droege, FACHE, Robert Packer Hospital President. "The expertise of our medical staff and hospital staff combined with their intense commitment to patient care results in one of the best cardiovascular facilities in the nation. We are elated to have that effort recognized."

To receive this designation multiple times speaks to the consistency of the quality of cardiovascular care at a hospital, since the benchmarks for high-quality cardiovascular care are constantly changing based on new and more rigorous standards. Hospitals must keep pace with the dynamic environment and develop strategies to achieve better and better performance.

"We are constantly seeking out ways to enhance our patient care. Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States, and though patient survival rates are increasing, there is always room for improvement," said Daniel Sporn, MD, Chief of Cardiology. "We are fortunate to have an outstanding clinical and support team that has the personal dedication, expertise in innovative treatment approaches and professional experience to keep us on the leading edge of cardiovascular care. To have received this recognition six times reflects our team's commitment to caring for patients."

Since the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospital award was developed in 1999, a total of 447 hospitals have received the designation. Of those "best of the best" cardiovascular hospitals, Robert Packer is one of only 48 to have received this distinction six or more times.

"This achievement is a team effort and is indicative of the collaborative way Guthrie provides such outstanding cardiac services," said Barry Esrig, MD, FACS, FACC, FACP, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Nearly 1,000 facilities with open heart surgery units were assessed by Thomson, which used eight critical performance metrics to assess hospitals' performance measures areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of coronary artery bypass grafts patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, average length of stay, and average cost.

This 11th annual edition of the 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study surveyed acute-care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from publicly available Medicare MedPAR data and Medicare cost reports.

The 2009 winners were announced in the Nov. 17 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.