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Northwestern Memorial Ranks No. 1 in Illinois and among Top Hospitals Nationally with Low Death Rates for Heart Failure Patients

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June 21, 2007

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For the first time ever, this and other30-day mortality data is available to the public

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 patients, Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranks No.1 in Illinois as having the lowest 30-day mortality rate among heart failure patients.  Northwestern Memorial is one of two Illinois hospitals and 38 nationally to best the national average for heart failure death rates. For heart attack patients, Northwestern Memorial’s death rate is among the lowest in the state and falls in line with the national average.  

“We support the government in its efforts to ensure consumers are well informed about where they seek healthcare,” said Patrick M. McCarthy, MD, Northwestern Memorial’s chair of cardiac surgery who is co-director of the hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, and a Heller-Sacks professor of surgery for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “For heart patients in particular, these data underscore that where you seek medical attention often makes a difference. We view the recognition of having the lowest death rate in Illinois among heart failure patients as being representative of the tremendous investment of time, talent and strategic acumen into the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and our Center for Heart Failure and our focus on being one of the nation’s leading heart programs.”

The listing included mortality data for patients with heart attacks and heart failure at more than 4,440 hospitals, including 185 Illinois hospitals. The death rates capture how long patients live within 30 days of being released from the hospital.  It is important to know however, that this measure tracks absolute mortality regardless of the actual cause of death. Therefore, these data include deaths where heart failure or heart attack may not have been the actual cause of death.

The 30-day mortality rate listing was published by Hospital Compare and can be found at its Web site, which is www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov. Hospital Compare is a consumer resource for healthcare information that is collaboratively run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. 

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