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Cleveland Clinic Florida Named Among Top 50 Hospitals for Heart Care

December 6, 2010

For the fourth consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic Florida has been named one of the nation's top hospitals for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters. Cleveland Clinic Florida is one of just six Florida facilities to make the list and the only Florida-based teaching hospital with a cardiovascular residency program to be included.

This year Thomson Reuters narrowed the list of top hospitals for heart care from 100 to 50. Cleveland Clinic Florida attributes this achievement to its model of medicine, which allows physicians across specialties to collaborate and provide exceptional patient care.

Thomson Reuters Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual, quantitative study identifying the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular service. Rankings are achieved based on an analysis of data on Medicare patients. The analysis found that Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals spend an average of $1,300 less per case, have significantly better 30-day survival, maintain lower 30-day readmission rates for heart attack and heart patients, and return patients to daily life half a day earlier on average.

“We are proud that as a result of setting the highest standards for patient care, we are being recognized as one of the nation’s best providers of heart care services,” said Bernie Fernandez, MD, chief executive officer of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “Our talented team of heart experts continues to pioneer new treatment options and adhere to national clinical practice guidelines, which result in better outcomes for our patients.”

The 50 Top Hospitals study focused on short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients, including those being treated for heart attacks or heart failure and those undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Hospitals in three comparison groups are evaluated on risk adjusted mortality, risk adjusted complications, core measures, percentage of CABG patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality, 30-day readmissions, severity-adjusted average length of stay and wage and severity adjusted average cost per case.

Cleveland Clinic Florida has also been recognized consistently by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association for earning the Gold Performance Achievement Award in all three modules of the Get With The GuidelinesSM program: coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.

Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has nearly 180 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital, which was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters in 2010. The hospital was also designated one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® in cardiovascular care (2007, 2008, 2009) by Thomson Reuters and one of America’s Best Hospitals for gastroenterology and diabetes/endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose. For more information about Cleveland Clinic Florida, visit www.clevelandclinicflorida.org.