Christ Hospital, Bethesda North among top 50 heart hospitals

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Christ Hospital, Bethesda North among top 50 heart hospitals

Chelsey Levingston

Dayton Daily News, Ohio

Cincinnati-area hospitals The Christ Hospital and TriHealth's Bethesda North are among the top 50 heart hospitals in the U.S., according to the annual study released Tuesday by Truven Health Analytics Inc.

Truven is the former health care business of Thomson Reuters.

The health information service company lists the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals with residency programs, without residency programs, and community hospitals (150 hospitals in total).

The Christ Hospital Health Network, 2139 Auburn Ave., was recognized among the top hospitals with residency programs along with Doctors Hospital in the Columbus area and Kettering Medical Center in the Dayton area. Kettering Medical is operated by health system Kettering Health Network, which also owns Fort Hamilton Hospital.

Christ Hospital's inpatient cardiovascular services have been recognized by Truven/Thomson Reuters 10 times, according to the hospital.

Bethesda North, affiliated with TriHealth's Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton, was one of the top 50 hospitals without a residency program. This is the second consecutive year it was recognized with the honor, according to TriHealth.

The Truven Health study evaluates hospital performance on death rates, complications, readmission rates, average length of stay considering the severity of the case, and average cost considering the severity of the illness and wages.

Winning hospitals were announced in Tuesday's edition of "Modern Healthcare" magazine.

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners, an additional 8,600 lives could be saved; $1 billion dollars could be saved and 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free, according to Truven's research.

More than 1,000 hospitals were evaluated using public data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other Medicare reports, according to Truven.

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