Henry Ford Hospitals in Detroit, Macomb County Named Top 50 U.S. Cardiovascular Centers

November 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DETROIT – Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Mich., have been named Top 50 Heart Hospitals for 2017.

Selected from more than 1000 hospitals evaluated across the United States, this is the fifth time each of the Henry Ford hospitals have received the award through the 100 Top Hospitals program by Truven Health Analytics.

“We continually strive to provide highly advanced, life-saving cardiovascular options to the people of southeast Michigan,” says cardiologist Henry Kim, M.D., Division Head for Cardiology in the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute at Henry Ford Hospital. “To be recognized for that both at Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital is truly an honor.”

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 2017 winners had:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival than non-winning cardiovascular hospitals (20% to 55% higher)
  • Fewer patients with complications (20-22% fewer)
  • Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack; heart failure; and heart bypass patients (.5-1.1% higher survival rate)
  • Lower readmissions rates for those same types of patients (1.05 percentage points lower)
  • Hospital stays that are on average one day less
  • $1,200 to $6,100 less in total costs per patient case

Together, Henry Ford Hospital and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital offer cardiovascular options not available at other heart centers in the region, including complex cardiac electrophysiology, advanced cardiac imaging, cardio-oncology and specialists in congenital heart disease.

Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is a heart magnet hospital for patients throughout Michigan, providing highly specialized care while partnering with cardiologists at patients’ local hospitals. The hospital is also the only center in metro Detroit area to offer advanced heart failure treatments ranging from heart pumps to heart transplants, and provides specialized attention through the Henry Ford Women’s Heart Center.

The hospital’s Center for Structural Heart Disease is home to pioneering interventional cardiologist William W. O’Neill. He is one of only 26 Master Fellows out of 4,500 world-wide members of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (MSCAI), the professional medical society for invasive and interventional cardiologists. Dr. O’Neill, who pioneered the use of angioplasty to stop heart attacks, and his team continue to perform ground-breaking, catheter-based procedures to treat structural heart disease.

That dedication to advanced care also extends to the award-winning Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan. The hospital’s medical director of cardiothoracic surgery, Steven Harrington, 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.

From ensuring 100% of patients undergoing angioplasty receive aspirin -- which lowers risk while doctors open blocked or narrowed heart arteries – to low rates of vascular complications and blood transfusions during procedures, the Clinton Township hospital leads the region in cardiac care. Henry Ford Macomb Hospital offers one of the nation’s largest cardiac robotic surgery programs. The hospital also extended cardiology care into the community by providing 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.

“Our motto, 'All for you,' isn’t just a slogan; it’s how we practice medicine, every day,” says Dr. Harrington. “We also share our best practices with other health systems, with the thought that we truly focus on improving patient care across the board.”

According to industry studies based on Medicare patients, if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of the Truven winners:

  • More than 9,000 additional lives could be saved annually in the United States
  • An additional 6,000 heart patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.4 billion could be saved

For more information about the cardiovascular services available through Henry Ford Macomb Hospital or the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, visit the Heart & Vascular Institute or call 1-844-725-6424.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township
Michelle Fusco
(586) 263-2891
Mfusco1@hfhs.org

Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit
Tammy Battaglia
(248) 881-0809
Tammy.Battaglia@hfhs.org