Hospital News, Research & Data Analysis

Five Cardiac Surgeons Affiliated with Methodist Hospital San Antonio Among Top in Texas, Nation

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 17, 2019

Dr. William C.L. Wu performed more stent procedures on Medicare inpatients than any other doctor in Texas over a five year period from 2013 to 2017. This also placed him among the top 30 stent procedure surgeons in the entire United States over this period.

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Cardiovascular Specialists Dr. Luber, Dr. Hampton, and Dr. Gaba at CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Medical Center Top Washington State Rankings

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 16, 2019

Dr. John M. Luber has practiced at CHI Franciscan St. Joseph for twenty years, following five years as Cardiothoracic-Surgeon-in-Chief at Albany Medical Center. He is also an accomplished scientist, a principal investigator on over 30 clinical trials.

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Lee Memorial Hospital Top Ranked Cardiovascular Doctors Include Dr. Arcement, Dr. Hummel, Dr. DiGiorgi, and Dr. Buss

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 08, 2019

Four cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons affiliated with Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Meyers, FL were among the highest-ranked doctors in the state in their specialties.

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Dr. Magovern & Dr. Brown, Two Morristown Memorial Hospital - Affiliated Cardiac Surgeons, Top New Jersey State Rankings

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By: James Pitt  Jan. 07, 2019

Dr. Christopher J. Magovern & Dr. John M. Brown, two Cardiac Surgeons affiliated with Morristown Medical Center (an Atlantic Health System hospital), topped New Jersey state rankings for two major categories of cardiac procedures.

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At Lexington Medical Center, COPD Patients Have Highest Rate of ICU Stays in South Carolina, Both With and Without Hypertension

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 09, 2018

A Dexur analysis examined hospital-level data on intensive care unit stays among Medicare-eligible inpatients with COPD in South Carolina. Dexur has previously reported on how COPD complications raise hypertension readmission rates in South Carolina.

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At Stony Brook Hospital, High Proportion of Preserved Ejection Fraction in Heart Failure Readmissions

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 06, 2018

Heart failure can be classified by ejection fraction. In heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF, aka LVEF), the left ventricle pumps out an unusually low fraction of the blood that enters it. HFrEF has been a focus of research efforts, because most studies find it is associated with higher mortality than heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF).

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At Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Osteoporosis Accounts for Half of Fracture Readmissions in Women Within 3 Months

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 05, 2018

Osteoporosis is a major cause of fractures in American women. A study in the March 2018 volume of Osteoporosis International found that hip fracture rates have plateaued at an unexpectedly high level from 2013-2015, leading to an excess of 11,000 hip fractures over projections based on continuing decline.

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Bon Secours Hospital Treats the Most Surgical Patients with Iron Deficiency Anemia in Maryland

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By: James Pitt  Jul. 04, 2018

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is a condition in which the body has too little iron to properly supply red blood cells, leading to fatigue and weakness. According to the Merck Manual, blood loss is the most common cause of IDA. About 70% of the body's iron is already in red blood cells, rather than stored in reserve, so patients may require iron supplementation after major blood loss.

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Jackson Health Hospitals Have Lower ABSSSI Incidence Than Miami-Dade County Average

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 26, 2018

A June 4 Miami Herald investigation found that according to CMS data, Jackson Health System performed under the national benchmark on incidence of MRSA bloodstream infections, but at or above the national benchmark on five other types of infection. Dr. Lilian Abbo of Jackson Health attributed this to the case mix at Jackson Health and the high prevalence of MRSA in Miami-Dade County.

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CHI St. Luke's Heart Transplant In-Hospital Mortality Rate is Near National Average

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By: James Pitt  Jun. 11, 2018

Dexur analysts compared the 20 hospitals with the most CMS inpatient discharges for DRGs 001 and 002 from 2013 to 2016. The national average in-hospital mortality rate for DRG 001 patients was 11.94% from January 2013 to December 2016. St. Luke’s in-hospital mortality rate for these patients was 13% in this period, a 1% difference from national average. The other top 20 hospitals also average slightly higher mortality rates than the national average. The highest was 18% at Stanford Health Care (Stanford, CA), and the lowest 7% at Duke University Health System (Durham, NC).

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