Ogden Regional Medical Center
November 23, 2013

Ogden Regional Medical Center: One of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Nation

Ogden Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Utah named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the 15th annual study by Truven Health Analytics.  It was recognized as a community hospital where heart specialists and support staff achieve the best outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease. That means reduced complications, deaths and readmissions for patients experiencing a heart attack or heart failure or who underwent an angioplasty.  

“To achieve recognition this prestigious is truly an honor; of the many hospitals in the United States, only 50 achieved this level of care,” says Mark Adams, chief executive office at Ogden Regional Medical Center. “I wholeheartedly congratulate our cardiac team and everyone at our hospital who works hard to ensure that our heart program delivers the quality patient care that this recognition requires. I am in absolute awe of these professionals, and I sincerely thank them for putting us on top.”

When it comes to treating heart disease, the community hospitals included in this year’s Truven study significantly outperformed their peer group as well as teaching hospitals across the country, with and without cardiovascular residency programs. Ogden Regional and 14 other community hospitals achieved the following benchmarks:

  • Patient complications related to PCI at a rate of 0.72 – 28 percent fewer than expected
  • Far fewer PCI-related patient deaths — 33 percent fewer than expected, versus only four percent at hospitals in this peer group nationwide
  • Heart attack patient readmission rates well below peer hospitals — just 16 percent of patients were readmitted, for any cause, within 30 days of their original admission date.

Over the past couple of years, the cardiovascular care team at Ogden Regional proactively engaged in a rigorous standardization of their cardiac care processes. As a result, every patient with chest pain and heart attack symptoms is treated according to the most current research and best clinical practices. This collaborative effort led to the hospital’s accreditation as one of only seven Chest Pain Centers in Utah – all Mountain Star hospitals – and likely contributed to this notable recognition by Truven Health Analytics.  

According to the 2013 Truven study, if all cardiovascular providers in the United States performed at the level of the recipients in all three peer groups:

  • 8,600 additional lives could be saved
  • $1 billion could be saved
  • 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free

Based on an analysis of Medicare patients included in the study, if the same standards-of-care were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. The Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals also achieved the following benchmarks:

  • Spent about $2,000 less per bypass surgery patient, and about $1,000 less per admitted heart attack patient
  • Significantly better 30-day survival rates
  • Lower 30-day readmission rates for heart attack and heart failure patients
  • Discharged bypass patients nearly a full day sooner, and heart attack, heart failure and angioplasty patients about a half day sooner than their peers
  • More likely to follow recommended care protocols

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the healthcare system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Their success is a testament to the strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.”  

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost. The study has been conducted annually since 1999.

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2012 Medicare cost reports, and 2013 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.

The winning hospitals were announced in the November 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com. For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit the IBM website.