For the eighth time, Providence St. Patrick Hospital has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by Truven Health Analytics.
“It’s a really remarkable achievement, not only to have accomplished it but to be able to do it time and time again,” said Joseph Knapp Jr., director of research at the International Heart Institute of Montana Foundation, a collaboration between St. Pat’s and the University of Montana.
The recognition was earned because of the International Heart Institute and St. Pat’s achievement of superior clinical outcomes, something that Knapp attributed to a culture of collaboration and quality care delivery.
“We make a really concerted effort to have partners here who fit into a culture, and it’s a culture that really focuses upon quality product delivery,” he said.
Truven evaluated performance in the areas of risk-adjusted mortality and complications; core measures that assess process of care; percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use; 30-day mortality rates and readmission rates; severity-adjusted average length of stay; and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.
Medicare provider analysis and review data from 2012 and 2013, along with 2013 Medicare cost reports, and 2014 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hospital compare data also were evaluated as part of the study.
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Thirty-nine of the recognized hospitals are part of a larger health system, including St. Pat’s, and Knapp said collaboration happens between IHI practitioners as well as among other Providence Health System providers.
Over the time Truven has done the study, providers have come and gone, but the high level of care for IHI’s more than 10,000 patients a year has been steady, and multiple recognitions by Truven illustrate that, Knapp said.
“This is not a fluke. This is who we are. This is how we practice,” he said.
The announcement of St. Pat’s as one of the Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals followed news that the hospital also received a $110,000 Mission: Lifeline grant from the American Heart Association.
The funds will allow the hospital to dedicate staff to the initiative to collaborate with physicians, emergency medical services and other hospitals, as well as update emergency department technology, according to a news release from St. Pat’s.