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CDH Named Top 100 Hospital

CDH Honored as Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospital by Solucient

Winfield, Ill., November 8, 2005 -- Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is one of the nation's 100 Top cardiovascular hospitals, according to Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient®, a nationally respected resource for evaluating health care performance.  Central DuPage Hospital is one of only four community hospitals in Illinois, and 30 nationwide, to receive the honor.

Other recipients include Mayo Clinic Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  Solucient developed the Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals study in 1999 to identify high-performing cardiovascular hospitals at a national level and to set performance targets for clinical outcomes and management of this critical service line.

“Central DuPage Hospital is already recognized as an innovator in cardiovascular care, having pioneered the use of robotics for coronary bypass surgery in Illinois in 2004, and this year, a breakthrough minimally invasive surgery to treat atrial fibrillation and a biologic heart valve replacement with properties of compatibility and durability not seen before,” said Kenneth Heaps, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for the hospital. “This honor reinforces our dedication to exceptional cardiovascular care, and recognizes the knowledge and skill of our physicians, nurses and staff who deliver high quality care to our patients every day.”

When compared to other top community hospitals in the study, Central DuPage Hospital excelled in terms of having lower mortality and infection rates, as well as a shorter length of stay.

Solucient scored facilities in seven key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, complications, percentage of CABG patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay and wage and severity-adjusted average cost.

Among the key findings in the Solucient study:

  • Winners of the 100 Top Hospitals Cardiovascular award were more likely than peer hospitals to provide angioplasty and bypass surgery to patients with the most severe heart attacks.
  • If cardiovascular services in all acute-care hospitals performed at the same level as the hospitals with the nation's top cardiovascular services, 10,000 additional cardiovascular patients could survive each year; and an additional 1,100 patients could be complication-free.
  • Winning hospitals are 23 percent less likely than non-winners to have post-operative infections and about 20 percent less likely than non-winners to have post-operative hemorrhage for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
  • Winning hospitals annually perform as much as 80 percent more bypass surgeries and PCIs as their peers.
  • Cardiovascular patients at winning hospitals return to everyday life faster than those at non-winning hospitals. Patients at the winning hospitals were released more than a half-day earlier than patients at peer hospitals.
  • Average cardiovascular-related costs for benchmark hospitals were nearly 15 percent lower than at peer hospitals.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com. The study appeared in the Oct. 31, 2005 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

About CDH

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  The hospital is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, as well as a new procedure for back surgeries that uses bio-engineered bone protein.

In 2005 the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission granted CDH multiple accreditations for the quality of its Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Vascular Ultrasound laboratories, one of only five hospitals in Illinois to earn that distinction. Also in 2005, Central DuPage Hospital was recognized for excellence in stroke specialty by HealthGrades, a leading health care ratings organization.

Central DuPage Hospital is part of Central DuPage Health, a network including convenient care centers, occupational health services, and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For additional information, please visit www.cdh.org.