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Penn Heart and Vascular Update

Friday, November 16, 2012

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center named “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital”

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) has been named as one of the nation’s “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals” by Truven Health Analytics, formerly known as the Healthcare Business of Thomson Reuters.

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals annual report identifies the nation's top hospitals performing cardiovascular services. The honorees are selected from more than 1,000 hospitals across the country.

The honor recognizes Penn Presbyterian’s consistent leadership and quality in cardiology and cardiac surgery. Patients come to PPMC from across the region – more than half of the hospital’s cardiac inpatients travel from New Jersey and Delaware. Penn Presbyterian is recognized for expertise in:
  • Complex arrhythmia management
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Noninvasive cardiology and cardiac imaging
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Vascular medicine and endovascular therapy
  • Women’s heart health
In addition to routine heart operations, PPMC’s cardiovascular surgeons also perform coronary artery bypass in high-risk patients, complex aortic surgery, heart valve repair and minimally invasive robotic-assisted cardiac surgery.

In addition to routine heart operations, PPMC’s cardiovascular surgeons also perform coronary artery bypass in high-risk patients, complex aortic surgery, heart valve repair and minimally invasive robotic-assisted cardiac surgery.

According to Harvey Waxman, MD, chief of cardiology at PPMC, the staff adheres to a process of continuous improvement to reduce surgical complications. For nearly a decade, PPMC has been continually refining processes to reduce wound infection rates in heart surgery patients. Even though the rate has been below 1 percent for the past several years, the staff wants to do better.

“Our goal is zero,” Waxman says.

See a complete listing of winners and a report summary.

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