Truven Health Analytics studied outcomes at more than 1,000 hospitals

Newport News, VA – Riverside Regional Medical Center is one of the Truven Health Analytics 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, ranking among the best hospitals in the country in four key measures of cardiovascular care. Riverside is one of only two hospitals in Virginia and the only hospital in Hampton Roads to achieve this distinction.

Riverside Regional Medical Center

Truven examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions, such as angioplasties. The winners were announced October 1 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

"It is through the individual and team effort of every team member that compassionate care is delivered for each and every patient in our care," said Dr. Edward Chu, Cardiology Service Line Chief. "Indeed, it is our individual talent and willingness to adapt and change, that has earned us this honor."

"This year's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have proven that a commitment to deliver excellent care is still attainable in times of economic uncertainty," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement at the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. "The hospitals in this study have achieved higher levels of care and efficiency than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes."

Nation's Top 50 Cardiovascular HospitalThe study shows that cardiovascular outcomes in U.S. hospitals are improving nationwide. Across all U.S. hospitals, 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and remain complication-free. Among the Top 50 Hospitals, performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates for bypass surgery patients.
  • Lower complications indices (35 percent lower rate of heart failure complications than peers).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital stays. The typical top-ranking hospital released bypass patients a full day sooner, and heart attack and heart failure patients about ¾ of a day sooner, than their peers.
  • Lower costs. Top hospitals spend $3,500 less per bypass case and $1,000 less per angioplasty than non-winners.

Dr. Patrick Parcells, Riverside administrator, noted that this honor comes on the heels of The Joint Commission's recognition of Riverside as a top performer in cardiac care. Riverside was one of 620 hospitals in the U.S. to receive that distinction.


Published: October 2, 2012