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Geisinger Medical Center named among nation's top cardiovascular hospitals

Nov. 22, 2010, DANVILLE – Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) has been named to the 2010 Thomson Reuters 50 Top Hospitals® Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success list, which annually identifies high-performing cardiovascular hospitals nationally and sets performance targets for managing and improving cardiovascular services.
The 2010 Thomson Reuters 50 Top Hospitals® Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study examined the performance of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals by analyzing outcomes in eight categories of clinical quality practices and efficiency of operations related to congestive heart failure, heart attacks, bypass surgery, percutaneous coronary interventions and coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

GMC has been named to this list for the fifth consecutive year and for the sixth time overall, making GMC one of only 18 hospitals nationwide to be so recognized. This is the first time, however, that the list has been narrowed from 100 hospitals to 50 in order to better highlight true industry leaders.

“Being recognized by Thomson Reuters for successive years demonstrates our cardiovascular team’s strong commitment to delivering high-quality, patient-centered care,” said Albert Bothe, M.D., executive vice president, chief medical officer, and chief quality officer at Geisinger Health System. “This year’s acknowledgment is even more significant as the number of healthcare organizations was reduced from 100 to a competitive field of 50.”

In comparing the award winners to similar high-volume non-award winning hospitals, Thomson Reuters found that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners, more than 7,500 additional lives could be saved, nearly 12,000 additional patients could be complication-free and approximately $910 million could be saved annually.

GMC was one of only 15 teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs to be selected. Other hospitals in the category include the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., and Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Fla.

“Innovations such as ProvenCare Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) and Percutaneous Angioplasty (PCI), as well as our Level I Heart Attack and Heart Failure programs continue to put us the forefront of high-quality cardiovascular care,” said Jeffrey Tiesi, Geisinger’s vice president of Cardiovascular Services. “This honor truly validates our cardiovascular team’s tradition of excellence.”

This achievement by GMC marks the 12th time that Geisinger Health System has been recognized by Thomson Reuters. GMC was named as a top academic medical center and has also been included on Thomson’s Best Hospitals list for Performance Improvement Leaders. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical in Wilkes-Barre previously earned a place on Thomson’s 100 Top Hospitals National Benchmarks for Success list in the category for medium-size community hospitals.
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