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 UPMC Shadyside Named Among Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Country

PITTSBURGH, October 30, 2002 — University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s UPMC Shadyside Hospital has been selected as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country for cardiovascular services. It is the only hospital in the tri-state area to receive this honor.

In the study, published in the current issue of Modern Healthcare magazine, the hospital was listed as a 2002 national award winner in the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study.

"UPMC Shadyside has had a rich history in cardiovascular care. This recognition from Modern Healthcare demonstrates our continued commitment to excellent clinical outcomes. We are very proud of our cardiovascular services,” said Elizabeth Concordia, president of UPMC Shadyside.

The study was conducted by Solucient, an Evanston, Ill.-based health care information and research company. It identified the nation's hospitals that are setting benchmark levels of performance in a wide range of cardiovascular services.

Nearly 1,000 hospitals, which provide cardiovascular services nationwide, were evaluated for the study.

The study breaks the 100 top hospitals into three peer groups: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs, teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residency programs and community hospitals. The hospitals were compared against their peers using seven measures of clinical quality and operational efficiency: volume, medical mortality, surgical mortality, complications, length of stay, cost and percentage of heart bypass patients in which the mammary artery was used.

All hospitals that had treated at least 30 patients in each of four categories – heart attack, congestive heart failure, coronary angioplasty and coronary artery bypass graft surgery – were included in the study.

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