Spectrum Gets Study Listing

December 3, 2007
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GRAND RAPIDS — A recent study has recognized Spectrum Health as one of the best cardiovascular hospitals in the country.

Spectrum Health was named in the ninth edition of the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study, which identifies industry benchmarks by recognizing U.S. heart hospitals that demonstrate superior performance.

According to a news release, this is the seventh year in a row and eighth year overall that Spectrum Health has been recognized as a top cardiovascular hospital in the U.S. The results were published in the Nov. 19 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"To consistently earn this award shows we've established ourselves as a national leader in cardiovascular care," said Spectrum Health Grand Rapids President Matthew Van Vranken. "Eight years of recognition means we continue to focus on high-quality care and advanced treatments. This award underscores the quality and value of our heart-related services, and is a tremendous reflection on the fine physicians and staff at Spectrum Health."

Thomson Healthcare scored facilities in eight key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of CABG patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

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