Bellin earns top national honors for cardiovascular care


GREEN BAY – Bellin Health has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular services for the second consecutive year.
The honor – a result of findings in the 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Study, 9th Edition – is based on Bellin’s performance treating congestive heart failure and heart attacks.
Thomson Healthcare developed the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study to identify high-performing cardiovascular hospitals nationwide and to set performance targets for improving clinical outcomes and management of high-risk, high-cost health care services. Bellin was the only Northeast Wisconsin hospital to be recognized in the 2007 study.
The award marks the second consecutive year that Bellin has been nationally recognized for its cardiovascular care and the fourth time in the study’s nine years that Bellin earned the honor.
“This award is a great distinction,” said Bellin President and CEO George Kerwin. “The best part of being recognized this way is that it sends a clear message to our patients and our community that we are consistently providing them with top-notch, affordable health care in a continuing effort to achieve increasingly positive outcomes.”
Andrea Werner, director, Bellin Heart & Vascular Center, shared similar thoughts.
 “This honor is another great way for us to reiterate to our patients and the community in general that we are the premiere high-quality, low-cost cardiovascular care option in Northeast Wisconsin,” Werner said.
Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president, performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs, lauded Bellin and other honored hospitals.
“These winning hospitals bring great value to their communities,” she said. “They have set national benchmarks for clinical process, outcomes, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.”
To qualify for the award, hospitals have to achieve high scores across eight equally weighted performance criteria that reflect clinical processes and outcomes, volume, efficiency and cost for four critical cardiovascular treatment areas: acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft, and percutaneous coronary intervention.
Among the key findings from the 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success Study:
  • If all cardiovascular hospitals achieved the same results as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners, more than 7,000 lives would be saved and nearly 750 medical complications would be avoided annually
  • The award winners reported hospital stays that were 12 percent shorter, on average, than peer hospitals (5.14 days compared with 5.85 days)
  • The 100 Top Hospitals reported costs that averaged 13 percent — or about $2,000 — less per case than peer hospitals 
Winning hospitals for 2007 were announced in the November 19 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.