Nebraska Heart Hospital Again #1 in NE for Overall Cardiac Services by HealthGrades

LINCOLN, NEBRASKA – A report released on October 18 by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes, named Nebraska Heart Hospital #1 in Nebraska for Overall Cardiac Services and among the top 2% of hospitals nationwide for both Overall Cardiac Services and Cardiac Surgery.

Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital passionately support efforts to make superior cardiac and vascular services available to communities throughout the region. Nebraska Heart is pleased to announce that the Heart Hospital has been recognized for the following 2012 HealthGrades quality performance honors:

· Ranked #1 in Nebraska for Overall Cardiac Services

· Ranked #1 in Nebraska for Coronary Interventional Procedures

· Ranked #1 in Nebraska for Vascular Surgery

· Ranked among the Top 2% in the nation for Overall Cardiac Services

· Ranked among the Top 2% in the nation for Cardiac Surgery

· Ranked among the Top 5% in the nation for Vascular Surgery

· Five-Star Rated for Overall Cardiac Services

· Five-Star Rated for Cardiac Surgery

· Five-Star Rated for Coronary Bypass Surgery

· Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures

· Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Failure

· Five-Star Rated for Vascular Surgery

· Five-Star Rated for Carotid Surgery

· Five-Star Rated for Peripheral Vascular Bypass

“Since 1987, Nebraska Heart has distinguished itself as the premier provider of cardiovascular services throughout the state of Nebraska,” says Jamie Carlson, Vice President of Operations. “From the beginning, our physicians, nurses, and staff members have set and achieved exceptionally high standards. The HealthGrades results speak for themselves and are very much a reflection of our committed staff and a culture that is focused on providing the absolute best cardiovascular care for our patients.”

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a health care provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades Chief Executive Officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Nebraska Heart Hospital for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency in the Lincoln area.”

According to the report, patients in the Lincoln area are increasingly seeking such quality information online, with 63,585 visiting between January-June of this year. And for good reason: Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades’ report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lowe risk of complications.

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2012 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

· Patients had, on average a 73% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital, and a 54% lower risk of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the national average.

· If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.

· In an online survey, 42% of HealthGrades visitors said that they believe their chances of experiencing an unexpected death or complication is higher in some hospitals in their community compared to others.

About Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital

The Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital provide unparalleled cardiac, vascular and thoracic care services. These services include consultative cardiology, nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology and cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery. Nebraska Heart includes 25 physicians and approximately 500 nurses, technologists and support staff providing care throughout Nebraska, western Iowa and northern Kansas from its six office locations in Lincoln, Grand Island, Hastings, Columbus and North Platte and the 63-bed Nebraska Heart Hospital, located in Lincoln. Nebraska Heart is a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives network in Nebraska. For more information on Nebraska Heart Institute and Heart Hospital, please visit

About Catholic Health Initiatives

CHI is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In Nebraska, CHI organizations include Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, The Physician Network, HealthConnect at Home, Saint Francis Medical Center in Grand Island, St. Mary’s Community Hospital in Nebraska City and Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education and research. With annual operating revenues of approximately $9.6 billion, CHI is the nation’s third-largest Catholic health care system. Catholic Health Initiatives thrives on our vision of Catholic health care as a vibrant ministry, ready to provide compassionate care of the body, mind and spirit through the 21st century and beyond.

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades is America’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation’s leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed health care decisions.



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