Loyola Named Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care

News Archive November 20, 2008

Loyola Named Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care

Only Chicago-area Teaching Hospital on Thomson Reuters List
MAYWOOD -- Loyola University Health System is the only Illinois hospital to be named to a list of the nation's top 30 teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs. Loyola is among the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: Cardiovascular Benchmark Award winners for cardiovascular care. The list includes three categories: 30 teaching hospitals, such as Loyola, with cardiovascular residency programs; 40 teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residencies and 30 community hospitals. This is the fourth year Loyola has made the list. Compared with other hospitals, 100 Top Hospitals had higher survival rates for heart failure, angioplasty and heart bypass and lower rates of such surgical complications as infections and severe bleeding. On average, top hospitals also cost $1,542 less per case. "These hospitals pushed the bar to new levels," said Dr. Janet Young, senior scientist at the Thomson Reuters Center for Healthcare Improvement. The 100 Top Hospitals, released this week, is based on public data from Medicare and other sources for nearly 1,000 hospitals. Loyola is a nationally recognized center of excellence for heart and vascular care. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks Loyola's heart program as one of the best in the country. "As a top-rated academic medical center, Loyola offers many benefits to patients," said Dr. David Wilber, director of Loyola's Cardiovascular Institute. "Patients are treated by specialists at the top of their fields, and have access to the latest technology. We also do high volumes of procedures, and this deep experience improves outcomes for patients." Earlier this year, Loyola's renowned Center for Heart and Vascular Medicine expanded into the hospital's new $120 million patient tower. The center includes four new cardiac catheterization laboratories and four new cardiac electrophysiology laboratories. It also features the area's first magnetic-guided navigation system for treatment of conditions such as heart rhythm disorders, heart failure and coronary artery disease. As a group, the 100 Top Hospitals performed 63 percent more bypass surgeries and 42 percent more angioplasties than comparable hospitals. The mortality rate for bypass surgery was 26 percent lower than at other hospitals. The Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters produces reports to help organizations manage costs and improve performance. For more information on the 100 Top Hospitals, visit www.100tophospitals.com. For more information on Loyola, visit http://loyolamedicine.org/. ### Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 25 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 570-licensed bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Health & Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 250-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Health & Fitness Center and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.
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