Mercy General Health Earns Cardio Honors

December 22, 2006
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MUSKEGON — Cardiovascular care at Mercy General Health Partners in Muskegon earned 100 Top Hospitals designation recently, the first time the hospital has been named to the list.

The recognition came from Solucient, a health care information company that measures performance on key criteria to identify the nation's best performing hospitals.

"In the past several years, MGHP has been recognized by numerous rating organizations as a leader in cardiac care," said President and CEO Roger Spoelman. "It is a blessing to see this community have access to this outstanding level of care."

"Cardiac surgery has been fortunate to have the strong support of our community's primary care and specialty medical providers as well as the lakeshore hospitals," said cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Theodore Boeve.

Eight key performance areas were measured: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percent of CABG patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost. The average 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular winner met the recommended core measures standards for 95 percent of heart attack patients, compared to 93 percent for hospitals that failed to make the list.

MGHP was one of 40 cited in the category of teaching hospitals without a cardiovascular residency program.    

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