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NOHC Provides Top Cardiovascular Care

December 10, 2009

In the 11th edition of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmarks study, which identifies industry benchmarks by recognizing U.S. heart hospitals that demonstrate superior performance, EMH Regional Medical Center was named for the third time as one of the 100 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Services.

Thomson Reuters Top 100 HospitalsBut did you know that the North Ohio Heart Center provides a major portion of the cardiology services for the EMH Regional Healthcare System?

The study examined the performance of 971 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks as well as those who received coronary bypass surgery or percutaneous cardiovascular interventions (PCI) such as angioplasties.

The EMH Regional Healthcare System is comprised of three main campuses: The Medical Center in Elyria, Amherst Hospital in Amherst; and The EMH Center for Health & Fitness in Avon. Together with multiple physician offices and health-specialty centers. the EMH Regional Healthcare System serves the healthcare and fitness needs of greater Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties.

Donald S. Sheldon, M.D., President & CEO of EMH Regional Healthcare System had this to say, “Our patients can feel good about choosing EMH for their cardiovascular care because as a ‘100 Top Hospital,’ we are performing exceptionally well against national standards, and are working together to constantly measure, review, and improve that performance. The community as a whole can rely on us to provide excellent care at a reasonable comparative cost, and to be a well-managed major employer that continuously invests in new technology and services that it needs.”

The study found that the 100 Top Hospitals cardiovascular winners have:

  • 17 % lower mortality rates for heart attack patients.
  • 10 % lower mortality rates for heart failure patients.
  • 27 % lower mortality for bypass surgery patients.
  • 22 % lower mortality following PCI.
  • Fewer post-operative complications - 99 % of patients were complication-free.
  • Close to 12 % shorter average hospital stay.