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CMC named one of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Citing excellence in areas of patient outcomes, cost and efficiency of services for heart patients, Catholic Medical Center (CMC) has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Hospitals in the nation for cardiovascular services.  CMC was the only facility in northern New England to receive this honor. 

Using public data and peer-reviews, Truven Health Analytics®, an internationally renowned healthcare research firm notified CMC about the award this week.  Hospitals do not apply for this honor; it is based on an annual review of services and outcomes. Hospitals receiving this award outperformed peers in inpatient and extended outcomes, clinical process, efficiency and cost for the two most common cardiovascular conditions (heart attacks and heart failure) and most common interventions (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Coronary artery bypass graft).

“We are honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award,” says Dr. Joseph Pepe, President and CEO of CMC.  “Our mission is to provide health, healing and hope to our patients, through innovative and high quality services. The Top 50 award tells us we are meeting our community mission and we will continue to strive to provide the most comprehensive cardiac care available in the region.”

CMC is the only facility in the northeast to be recognized in the “Community Hospital” category.  Truven Health Analytics reports that if all hospitals performed the way this year’s honorees served their patients:
- 8,600 additional lives would be saved
- 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients would not face medical complications
- $1 billion dollars in health care costs would be saved.

The firm also credited the Top 50 Hospitals with doing great work for less cost.  On average, CMC is among hospitals whose services are $2,000 less expensive per bypass surgery case, and patients have a higher 30-day survival rate than other facilities in the nation.

“We are intensely proud of our cardiac program,” explains Dr. Pepe.  “Our heart specialists are trained in the latest techniques and developments in the cardiovascular field, and our focus is to provide the highest quality care, best outcomes and to helping our patients live a healthy lifestyle.” 

In the photo (left to right):
first row:
Marilyn Daley, DNP, APRN, CHFN
Louis Fink, MD, FACC, Medical Director of the New England Heart Institute
second row:
James Flynn, MD, FACC
Rich Torossian, CCPT
Janet Troski, MSN, RN
Jo-Anne Manson, PA-C, MHP
Brian Cussan,  RDCS
back row:
Paul Del Giudice, MD
Kristine Ziemba, MSN, APRN
Connor Haugh, MD, FACC )
Robert Capodilupo, MD, FACC
Yvon Baribeau, MD, FACS
Lynn Scott, APRN, MS
Benjamin Westbrook, MD, FACS

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