Monongahela Valley Hospital Named One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention

(December 20, 2017 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) has been named "One of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention" by Healthgrades. Nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide were identified by Healthgrades for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* Healthgrades identified the 100 best-performing hospitals within coronary intervention.

The achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2014-2016, patients treated for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality have, on average 86.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals with 1-star for in-hospital mortality. Similarly, patients treated for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery in hospitals with 1-star for in-hospital mortality are, on average 7.2 times more likely to die than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars for in-hospital mortality.

"At Monongahela Valley Hospital, we continually offer the latest therapies and introduce state-of-the-art equipment to help our staff provide the highest level of care to the people in this region," said MVH President and CEO Louis J. Panza Jr.

Within the past four years, MVH upgraded its Cardiac Cath Lab with the installation of a new angiography system that uses robotic technologies to allow virtually unrestricted freedom of movement. The system provides unmatched positioning flexibility that enables the medical teams at MVH to perform the most advanced cardiac catheterization, vascular and interventional radiology procedures. The imaging arm can be positioned at various angles and move to almost any position around the patient. In addition, the system's robotic-assisted positioning enables the 3D-visualization of larger sections of anatomy. These sharply detailed images provide doctors with additional information needed in making their diagnoses while offering the potential to reduce procedural radiation doses. In addition, cardiologists at MVH have expanded their cardiac catheterization procedures to include the radial artery, located in the wrist, as an entry point to the circulatory system. By offering the radial catheterization, MVH provides a procedure that is largely available only at larger metropolitan hospitals. Residents of the mid-Monongahela Valley and surrounding areas can have the procedure performed in familiar surroundings by medical professionals that they know and trust.

"Many consumers believe that hospital quality is standardized, though the reality is that clinical quality and outcomes at hospitals vary widely across the country," said Brad Bowman, M.D., Healthgrades' Chief Medical Officer. "The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention distinction have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care and can distinguish themselves to consumers seeking care at high-quality facilities."

*For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures using all-payer data provided by 17 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital's quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2018 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found on the Healthgrades Web site.

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2014 through 2016 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

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