Centra Named one of Nation’s Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2018

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Centra Named one of Nation’s Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Centra Lynchburg General Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health, now part of IBM Watson Health. This annual study identifies the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services in the nation. This is the seventh time Centra has been named. Notably, only two other hospitals in the state of Virginia have received this award that many times since its inception in 1999.

“This is a special honor for our Heart Center,” said E.W. Tibbs, Centra President and CEO. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality cardiovascular care that can be found anywhere in the country. This award from Truven is a testament to the good work our cardiovascular team does every day for this community.”

The Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals study is an annual, objective and quantitative study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular care. The study is based on publicly available CMS data and looks at clinical, operational and financial performance metrics. The study shows that top cardiovascular hospitals had significantly higher inpatient survival rates than nonwinning cardiovascular hospitals and had fewer complication incidences.  Specifically, top hospitals also see lower readmission rates for heart attack patients, heart failure and heart surgery patients. And finally, they were found to have short length of stays for their patients and lower costs. ($1,333 to $5,745 less in total costs than nonwinners)

Part of the Watson Health Top 100 hospital program, this study uses rigorous processes to calculate and measure hospital services lines, leveraging industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by IBM Watson Health scientists over many years. This study is widely regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

“Recognitions like this are the result of the tireless efforts of our doctors, nurses and cardiovascular team,” said Chad Hoyt, MD., Medical Director of Centra’s Cardiovascular Services. “We continuously strive for excellence in patient outcomes, and this award is a product of our team’s hard work. I am proud of the care we provide to this community.”

This award comes on the heels of Centra receiving the highest rating for open heart surgery from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) earlier this year. Centra is one of 11 hospitals across the country to receive the distinguished status of three-star performance in all three categories.

About Centra’s Cardiovascular Program

Centra’s cardiovascular team consists of 32 physicians and 21 advanced practitioners. These providers care for patients in 7 locations across the region. Centra’s cardiovascular services are led by an integrated team of providers who are nationally recognized for their contributions in advancing patient care, positive clinical outcomes and research. The Stroobants Heart Center also includes a team of cardiovascular dedicated health care staff, who together provide care to thousands of patients annually.