11/20/2007 - Mission Hospital Named Top 100 Heart Hospitals
ASHEVILLE For the sixth year in a row, Mission Hospitals has been named one of the nations top 100 heart hospitals, becoming the only hospital in the Carolinas to make the list.
Were excited about it, said Dr. William Hathaway, a cardiologist with Asheville Cardiology. It proves that you dont have to go anywhere else for the best care.
The study, 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success, examined nearly 1,000 U.S. hospitals by analyzing outcomes for measures related to congestive heart failure, heart attacks, coronary artery bypass grafts and percutaneous coronary interventions, such as angioplasties.
If all cardiovascular hospitals achieved the same results as the 100 Top Hospitals award winners, according to the study, more than 7,000 lives would be saved and nearly 750 medical complications would be avoided annually.
This years study found the 100 Top Hospitals award winners had hospital stays that were 12 percent shorter, on average, than peer hospitals and costs that averaged 13 percent less per case.
Mission uses a team approach to heart health care, Hathaway said.
This is a very prestigious award in terms of what it represents in the clinical results that we deliver for our patients, said Merrell F. Gregory, Mission Hospitals spokeswoman.