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University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospitals Are National Award Winners in Cardiovascular Services

PITTSBURGH, March 15, 1999 — The two tertiary hospitals of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian, have been selected as 1999 national award winners in the 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Hospitals study. UPMC Presbyterian was named among the best for Cardiac Bypass Surgery Services. UPMC Shadyside was the only hospital in Pittsburgh to be named among the best in two areas: Interventional Cardiology Services and Cardiac Bypass Surgery Services.

The study, by HCIA Inc., a Baltimore-based company, identifies top performing hospitals in high-risk, high-cost and high-volume procedures. To qualify, hospitals must have consistently good performance across seven measures that indicate high-quality outcomes and efficient management of care. The survey singled out hospitals in which death rates and complications were lower and lengths of hospital stay were less costly and shorter.

The clinical criteria include risk-adjusted mortality and complications and volume of procedures performed, mortality adjusted for risk of death of each patient at admission, the percentage of angioplasty patients undergoing bypass surgery during the same admission, the percentage of bypass surgery using internal mammary arteries and the percentage of severity-adjusted procedures with a tracheostomy.

The management criteria include severity-adjusted lengths of stay and wage and severity adjusted cost per patient. The award winners are being announced today in the trade publication Modern Healthcare Magazine.

Nearly 700 hospitals which provide cardiovascular services nationwide were evaluated for the study.

"Our medical team works with great pride and dedication to deliver high quality patient care coupled with the latest technology," said James O’Toole, M.D., director of interventional cardiology at UPMC Shadyside. "We are certainly honored and pleased to have been selected. Our commitment to provide the very best to our patients and families will always be our mission." Interventional cardiology includes such procedures as heart catheterization and angioplasty.

"We are very pleased to receive recognition by HCIA," said V.R. Machiraju, M.D., chief of cardiovascular surgery at UPMC Shadyside. "The cardiovascular surgical team strives to maintain a high standard in providing coronary bypass surgery, which is reflected in the data collected by HCIA. Mammary artery grafting to the coronary artery branches has been considered to be the most valuable conduit and the gold standard. This has been used more so than in any other institution in our area and again proves the point that UPMC Shadyside provides high quality surgical care."

The cardiac bypass surgery service at UPMC Presbyterian is headed by Bartley P. Griffith, M.D., Henry T. Bahnson Professor and chief, division of cardiothoracic surgery. The division is also nationally renowned for minimally invasive surgical procedures, heart and lung transplantation and artificial organ development.

HCIA Inc., collects, manages, and distributes comparative health care information. Its customers deliver, purchase and manufacture health care products and services. By combining industry leading databases, methodologies and analytic services, HCIA creates information assets that help customers manage health care costs and improve patient care.


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