Nebraska Heart Rated # 1 in Nebraska for Overall Cardiac Services And One of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

The Nebraska Heart Hospital’s cardiac program has been named the # 1 program in Nebraska for Overall Cardiac Services – having received this recognition for eight years in a row. Additionally, the Hospital received the “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery” award for the second straight year. Both of these accolades were bestowed upon the Heart Hospital by HealthGrades, a leading provider of information to consumers about a physician or hospital. The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: HealthGrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

At the same time, the Heart Hospital has been named one of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters). 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 staff on basic care and outcomes.

Patient outcomes are important to consumers making choices today about hospitals. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for HealthGrades, 86% of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose-or not choose-a hospital if they could learn ahead of time the mortality rates for a certain procedure.

Additional awards form HealthGrades for 2013 include:
   *Ranked #1 in Nebraska for Cardiology Services
   *Ranked #1 in Nebraska for Cardiac Surgery
   *Ranked #1 in Nebraska for Vascular Surgery as well as
     among the Top 5% Nationally
   *Five-Star Recipient for Vascular and Carotid Surgery
   *Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery and
     Peripheral Vascular Bypass

“We take great pride in these rankings recognizing the quality of our outcomes at Nebraska Heart Hospital,” commented Jamie Carlson, Vice President of Operations for Nebraska Heart Hospital. “We are very fortunate to have a wonderful team of physicians, nurses and staff working together to achieve these great results. We will continue to strive to improve our efficiencies and in turn, produce optimal results for those who rely on Nebraska Heart for their cardiac care.”

According to the HealthGrades study, the risk of death is 58% lower at hospitals receiving 5 stars versus all other hospitals. For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, HealthGrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide.

According to Truven Health Analytics, the 50 Top Hospitals demonstrate:
   *Better risk-adjusted survival rates
   *Lower complication indices
   *Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital within 30 days
   *Shorter hospital stays with Top 50 Hospitals releasing their
     bypass patients a full day sooner than their peers.
   *Lower costs per bypass case and angioplasty

Truven health Analytics researchers analyzed 2010 and 2011 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2010 Medicare cost reports and 2012 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital Compare data.

About Nebraska Heart
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 30 physicians and more than 500 nurses, technologists and support staff providing care throughout Nebraska, western Iowa and northern Kansas from its six office locations in Lincoln, Kearney, Grand Island, Hastings, North Platte and Columbus and the 63-bed Nebraska Heart Hospital, located in Lincoln. Nebraska Heart is a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives network.

For more information, contact:
Mike Lefler
Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital
402-328-3781 or mlefler@neheart.com

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