DMC Named One Of The Nation's Top Cardovascular Hospitals By Thomson Reuters 
Delray Beach, FL (November 2010)- Delray Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.
 
The 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 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 is the first year Delray Medical Center has been recognized with this honor. This year’s winners were announced November 15 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“We are honored to receive this award, which confirms Delray Medical Center’s success in providing top-quality cardiovascular care,” said Mark Bryan, CEO of Delray Medical Center. “Our
teams of highly trained medical professionals bring together skill, experience and technology to treat a range of cardiovascular cases- from routine to very complex- with positive outcomes.”

“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.

Delray Medical Center offers a wide range of cardiovascular services through its Heart Center and Open-Heart Surgery Program, including emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, open-heart surgery, and rehabilitation. The hospital’s Open-Heart Surgery Program has a long-standing, 20-year history of providing quality surgical care for countless cardiovascular diseases and conditions. Delray Medical Center also boasts dedicated Cardiac Specialty and Cardiac Care Units.

ABOUT DELRAY MEDICAL CENTER

For more than 25 years, Delray Medical Center, a 493-bed acute care hospital, has served the communities of South Palm Beach County. As both a community hospital and Level II Trauma Center located on a 42-acre medical plaza, Delray Medical Center has the ability to offer several specialized services including Cardiac Care, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Neurosciences, Emergency/Trauma Care, Behavioral Health, and more.

For the past five years, Delray Medical Center has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Delray Medical Center is one of only 269 hospitals ranked in the top 5% in the nation for patient outcomes according to HealthGrades, achieving the HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award™. Delray Medical Center was one of just 13 hospitals in South Florida- and one of five in Palm Beach County- that received this recognition for its clinical performance.

Several specialized services lines have also earned high achievements. Delray Medical Center’s designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) confirms that the hospital’s care programs follow national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve the outcomes for stroke patients. This designation followed Delray Medical Center’s accreditation by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

For its orthopedics, Delray Medical Center is a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Delray Medical Center’s cardiovascular care has also been the recipient of several awards. The hospital was featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” 2010 issue of US News & World Report to commemorate their receipt of the Get With the Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease GOLD Award, GOLD Heart Failure Award, and GOLD Plus Stroke Award.  In addition, Delray Medical Center was recently named one of America’s “Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals” by a Thomson Reuters. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, Delray Medical Center was chosen based on its record of providing high-quality and effective cardiovascular care.

Delray Medical Center is actively involved in community outreach, sponsoring many events, community lectures and fundraisers. The hospital is also a smoke free campus. For more information or a physician referral, please call 1-800-897-9789 or visit the website at www.delraymedicalctr.com

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