When a heart attack happens, every minute counts. Luckily for San Luis Obispo County residents, one of the nation’s top cardiac care hospitals is right in their backyard.
French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) was identified today as one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country, according to an annual study released by Thomson Reuters, an independent, nonbiased source of information for the world’s businesses and professionals. Of the last four years, FHMC has been on the list three years since it began emphasizing cardiac care. Selection for the award reflects the reliable cardiovascular excellence that benefits the hospital’s cardiovascular patients, their families and the entire community.
The study, in its thirteenth year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes, and each hospital was classified into three comparison groups. FHMC was one of only two California hospitals identified on the list and was one of only 15 community hospitals nationwide on the list.
“Cardiac care is at the core of the hospital’s mission. This is a tremendous honor to be named among the nation’s best hospitals for cardiac care,” said FHMC President Alan Iftiniuk. “Through ongoing education and analysis of the systems that shorten times to treatment, we have continually improved the delivery of heart care and will continue to do so in the future.”
The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, and non-federal US hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The top 50 hospitals have 23 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients, 40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications, fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days, shorter hospital visits and lower costs, and increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries.
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