AUSTIN, Texas—According to hospital mortality data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in August 2011, Heart Hospital of Austin is one of three Texas hospitals with a heart attack mortality rate that is “better than the U.S. national rate.” The analysis is based on hospital mortality data provided by CMS on its Hospital Compare website.
“Providing exceptional care and optimal outcomes to all patients remains our top priority,” David Laird, chief executive officer of Heart Hospital of Austin, said. “We are pleased to see Heart Hospital of Austin remain among the top cardiac hospitals in the nation.”
The mortality rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia are derived using Medicare claims data and are updated annually. These data were released in August 2011 and are based on the three-year period between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2010. The data reflect Medicare patients only and do not include individuals in Medicare Advantage plans.
The Hospital Compare database primarily includes data supplied by short-term acute care hospitals.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin is also a five-time recipient of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success award. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.