Henry Ford Hospital Again Named Top Heart Hospital

November 15, 2017


DETROIT – Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital for the second year in a row, selected from more than 1000 hospitals evaluated across the United States.


The award is part of the 100 Top Hospitals program by Watson Health, a division of Truven Health Analytics.


“We’re proud of this continued acknowledgement of the pioneering, life-saving work we do on behalf of our patients at Henry Ford Hospital,” said Henry Kim, MD, Cardiology Division Head at the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. “The strong, caring Henry Ford team – both here at Henry Ford Hospital and at our four other hospital sites – strives every day to deliver the best care possible, often for patients who have been told elsewhere they don’t have any options.”


The Watson 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 Watson data showed 2018 winners had:


  • Significantly higher inpatient survival (21% to 47.4% higher)
  • Fewer patients with complications (17.9% to 20.4% fewer)
  • Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or heart attack; heart failure (HF) or weakening of the heart’s power to pump; and heart bypass (CABG) patients (0.3 to 0.9 percentage points higher);
  • Lower readmission rates for AMI, HF, and CABG patients (0.6 to 0.9 percentage points lower);
  • Average lengths of stay (ALOS) for CABG patients that were nearly one day lower than non-winners and 0.3 to 0.5 days lower for AMI, HF, and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI – those who have narrowed arteries opened) patients.
  • $1,333 to $5,745 less in total costs per patient case (the smallest difference was for HF, and the largest was for CABG)
  • Lower average 30-day episode of care payments for AMI and HF ($1,127 and $909 less per episode, respectively)


The study also found that if all cardiovascular hospitals performed at the same level of this year’s winners:


  • More than 8,900 additional lives could be saved;
  • Nearly 3,700 heart patients could be complication-free;
  • Over $1.4 billion could be saved.


Patients come to the Henry Ford Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute from across the United States for advanced care by an exceptionally caring team. The Center for Structural Heart Disease offers valve repair and replacement options, including alternative access solutions. The HVI team also initiated a protocol now being implemented across the nation to treat heart attack patients in cardiogenic shock, raising survival from 50% to 76%.

The Electrophysiology Lab and Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Henry Ford Hospital offer the newest equipment and testing techniques. Henry Ford’s cardiology program also offers the latest in robotic cardiology surgery, as well as techniques to address rhythm issues using minimally invasive ablation catheters. As pioneers in their field, numerous cardiologists at Henry Ford are involved in leading groundbreaking studies on the latest advances in treating heart disease. Teaming with the Henry Ford Transplant Institute, the division offers life-saving heart failure options, including Left Ventricular Assist Device, a temporary heart pump, and heart transplantation.

“We excel at meeting the needs of our cardiology patients,” said the Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Section Director Claudio Schuger, M.D. “That’s why we draw patients from all over the Midwest, as well as throughout the United States.”

For more information about the cardiovascular services available through the Henry Ford Heart & Vascular Institute, visit henryford.com/heart or call 800-436-7936.


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Tammy Battaglia

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