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|Glenwood ranked No. 1 in Louisiana for cardiac surgery|
Glenwood Regional Medical Center has been named the No.1 hospital in the state for cardiac surgery.
The announcement was made during a news conference Friday. It was also revealed the hospital has been named one of the nation's best for cardiac surgery by the HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, which was released Tuesday.
This is the fourth year the hospital has been ranked among the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery.
Glenwood also has been given a five-star rating for cardiac surgery and coronary bypass surgery for four consecutive years; a five-star rating for valve replacement surgery for three consecutive years; and a five-star rating for carotid surgery for two consecutive years.
Glenwood CEO's Ron Elder said, "This is a special day for Glenwood and for the community of West Monroe. We are the only hospital in the state to receive both of these awards and it is all because of our employees."
Sandra McRee, IASIS Healthcare president and chief operating officer, echoed Elder's comments, saying, "It is a very exciting day in the life of Glenwood. This hospital has achieved something very special. There are many people here who have made a tremendous impact on cardiac care. The history of this hospital has been great, and it will always be great."
Mary Moore and James Shepherd both were treated for heart conditions at Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Both had heart attacks. Shepherd eventually had to have open-heart surgery.
They said they are both alive today thanks to the surgeons and staff at Glenwood.
Moore also had to rush her husband to Glenwood due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
"They all said he should be dead, but thanks to God, this hospital and its staff, we are both alive today, caring for our grandchildren," Moore said.
The HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005-2007 at the nation's 5,000 non-federal hospitals.
Jennifer Badding, a HealthGrades consultant, said if all hospitals performed at the five-star rating, approximately 237,420 deaths of Medicare patients could have been prevented during the years studied.
HealthGrades also found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals for nine common procedures are 47 percent less likely to experience a major complication, such as post-operative infections or heart conditions, which can lengthen their stay and increase cost.
The results of HealthGrades' study was made available at www.healthgrades.com, a web site designed to help people research and compare local healthcare providers.