Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Named Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital in the United States

November 17, 2015


CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital, selected from more than 1000 hospitals evaluated across the United States.

The award is part of the 100 Top Hospitals program by Truven Health Analytics.

"We've been working for years at Henry Ford Macomb to ensure every team member, including our community partners, connects with the vision of delivering the best care to those we’re privileged to serve,” says President and CEO Barbara Rossmann. “This recognition is a testament to that commitment. We have a truly remarkable team here, and we also benefit from the expertise throughout Henry Ford Health System.”

The Truven evaluation is based on publicly available data that compares patient outcomes, operational efficiencies and financial metrics. Study winners had better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost than others included in the analysis.

The Truven data showed 2016 winners had:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival than non-winning cardiovascular hospitals (20 to 33 percent higher)
  • Fewer patients with complications (8 to 11 percent fewer)
  • Lower readmissions rates for acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack, and heart failure patients (1.05 percentage points lower)
  • Hospital stays that are one-half to one day lower than average

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital cardiologist Joseph Naoum, M.D., attributes the award to fast, efficient and highly effective treatment for everything from the time it takes to treat a patient experiencing chest pain to the costs associated with cardiovascular care.

Door-to-balloon times – the time between when a patient with heart attack symptoms enters the hospital and the time when doctors open a blocked or narrow vessel – are lower than average with very good outcomes, says Dr. Naoum, medical director of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory. The rate of patients who need blood transfusions during surgery is low, as are the number of vascular complications. The number of patients who receive aspirin prior to angioplasty to open blocked or narrowed heart arteries, which is recommended for all patients to prevent stroke, is 100% at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital -- something other hospitals are trying to achieve, he said.

“The utmost compliment is that other health systems are now looking at us as a model for cardiovascular treatment,” says Dr. Naoum, adding that the system is sharing best practices with other medical professionals to improve treatment for all patients.

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital also offers one of the nation’s largest cardiac robotic surgery programs. The hospital is home to Michigan’s first “ambient” catheterization lab – a procedure area with systems that allow patients to choose music and ambient light for emotionally calming surroundings during their care. Along with offering an accredited Chest Pain Center, Henry Ford Macomb’s cardiovascular team offers the latest treatments for heart failure, cardiac surgery and cardiovascular medical issues, with future plans for a hybrid operating room for more advanced care.

Henry Ford Macomb’s cardiovascular care also reaches outside the walls of the hospital. Henry Ford provided 12-lead echocardiogram devices to area ambulance providers so cardiovascular specialists can prepare for life-saving interventions during heart attacks while patients are en route to the hospital. The cardiovascular team is highly involved in community education and outreach to prevent heart disease, and offers cardiac rehabilitation and home care for patients recuperating from a heart attack or cardiovascular treatment.

In this year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, 34 out of the 50 highest-performing hospitals in the nation in cardiovascular care (or nearly 70 percent) were members of health systems. Only four health systems in the United States had more than one winner.

Part of the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital also was recently recognized as a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for heart care by Blue Cross Blue Shield and has received the highest rating possible from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for cardiac surgery.

For more information about the cardiovascular services available through Henry Ford Macomb Hospital or the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, visit henryford.com/hvi or call 1-800-532-2411.

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