Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance is proud to be recognized

April 03, 2014

Today, our exceptional care continues through the Vasek Polak Cardiovascular Center providing treatment for people who have disorders of the heart, arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels using technologically-advanced cardiac procedures including emergency care for heart attack patients, non-invasive diagnostic testing, interventional and surgical treatment of complex cardiac conditions, cardiovascular disease screening and prevention, and cardiac rehabilitation. Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance has been named one of the nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals in a study by Thomson Reuters. It is the only community hospital in California to receive this honor.

The study examined the performance of 1,022 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties. This year’s winners were announced November 15 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This national award is a direct reflection of superior physicians skills and outstanding teamwork among caregivers.. The beneficiaries of this excellence are our patients and our community,” stated Michael Hunn, senior vice-president and chief executive of the Southern California region of Providence Health and Services.

“Highly skilled physicians depend on their hospital to provide the technology they need to do the job, and over the last five years we’ve listened to our physicians and have added technology ranging from the Da Vinci surgical robot to a state of the art electrophysiology and cath lab,” added Chief Medical Officer Laurence Eason, M.D. “They also depend on having the support of highly skilled nurses and technicians. We’re proud of our staff and our physicians and we thank them for earning this award for us.”

“We’ve chosen a more elite group of winners this year. These hospitals have raised the bar significantly,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. “They deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions, and lower costs — which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve. As a result, everyone benefits: patients, families, employers, insurers and the hospital itself.”

The study shows that 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and approximately 93 percent remain complication-free, indicative of improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past decade. The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

Better risk-adjusted survival rates (33 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery).

Lower complications indices (21 percent lower for heart failure complications).

Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following discharge.

Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge heart patients a half day sooner and spend $1,300 less per case than non-winners.

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2008 and 2009 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

“Our patients have found our comprehensive cardiovascular program-- including cardiac rehabilitation-- to be an essential part of their healing process,” explained Val Fleming, the center’s assistant chief nurse executive and executive director of cardiovascular services. “The care we provide extends well beyond when the patient goes home.”