October 26, 2016 – High Performing Hospitals

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Anchor lead:  If you have a heart attack you want to be treated at a high performing hospital, Elizabeth Tracey reports

People who had a heart attack and were treated at so-called high performing hospitals lived longer than those treated at lower performing hospitals, a recent large study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded.  Redonda Miller, president of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, describes the data.

Miller: Higher performing hospitals, on average, had better long term survival for their patients, than lower performing hospitals. By the numbers a patient could expect to live somewhere between 0.74 to 1.14 years longer if they’d been treated at a high performing hospital.  :19

Miller says the study should help all hospitals improve.

Miller: What processes or procedures do they have in place that are allowing patients this better 30 day mortality because it does seem that if we could replicate those kinds of procedures across the entire hospital community so that every hospital is a high performing hospital, there’s a long term benefit for our patients.  :19

At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.

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