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2012


Advocate Good Shepherd named one of nation’s top cardiovascular hospitals

Barrington, IL — Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Good Shepherd was the only hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area to receive the recognition. 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 other coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

“This honor is a tribute to our dedicated teams of physicians, nurses and associates who commit themselves to providing the best in cardiovascular care every day,” said Karen Lambert, president, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital.

The study shows that cardiovascular outcomes in U.S. hospitals are improving nationwide. Across all U.S. hospitals, 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and remain complication-free. Among the 50 Top Hospitals, performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

• Better risk-adjusted survival rates (41 percent fewer deaths than expected, compared with 9 percent fewer than expected at peer hospitals) for bypass surgery patients.

•Lower complications indices (35 percent lower rate of heart failure complications than peers).

•Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.

•Shorter hospital stays. The typical winning hospital released their bypass patients a full day sooner, and their heart attack and heart failure patients about three-quarters of a day sooner than their peers.

•Lower costs. Top hospitals spend $3,500 less per bypass case and $1,000 less per angioplasty 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.

 

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is ranked highest in Illinois for quality and patient safety according to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s 2011 Blue Star Report™. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2011. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital: www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep

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