CVC Ratings & Recognition
The U-M Cardiovascular Center is one of the nation's top-rated centers for heart and blood vessel care. We are honored to be recognized by many
organizations and publications that have cited our programs and people as leaders in a broad array of fields.
U.S. News & World Report magazine cites U-M cardiac and cardiac surgery care as some of the best in the nation, as part of its annual
Best Hospitals ranking. In 2008, U-M ranked 18th overall for adult heart care, and in 2008 our Congenital Heart Center ranked 4th overall
for pediatric heart care. Read more about the adult care ranking and
the children's care ranking.
The CVC was named one of the nation's top 100 cardiovascular centers in 2006 and is part of the reason why the U-M Health System was named one of the
nation's top 100 hospitals in 2007. Both rankings are from Thomson, formerly Solucient, which bases its rankings on measures of top-quality
and high-value care including success in preventing deaths and complications among all patients, the number and quality of operations and procedures
performed, how quickly patients are able to return home, and cost-related measures.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) is an in-hospital program designed to improve acute stroke treatment and prevent future strokes and cardiovascular events.
GWTG-Stroke focuses on quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients through Primary Stroke Centers. It also involves care team protocols
once patients are admitted to ensure that they are treated and discharged appropriately. UMHS is the only hospital in Michigan to achieve the
Gold Performance Awards. Hospitals that have earned a Gold Performance Award follow treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85
percent of the time, and have maintained this performance level for two years or more.
Read more (PDF).
More About U-M CVC Achievements
Three U-M CVC programs have met strict national criteria to achieve official certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations, the same body that rigorously reviews hospitals. The CVC has been recognized for the high quality and coordinated
care provided within our Disease Management programs for patients with heart failure and stroke, and for our the heart-assisting device program,
which cares for patients who rely on ventricular assist devices (VADs).
Read more on the disease management certification,
the Stroke Program certification and
the heart-assisting device certification.
The U-M Health System is one of the first 10 medical centers in the country to take part in Medicare's new program to measure and improve
the quality of health care for all Medicare participants. Our heart disease management programs are a major component of this effort, and are being
made available to Medicare participants with complex medical problems who are being treated by any U-M physician.
Read more here.
U-M's high-quality heart care has led the American College of Cardiology and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to tap U-M experts to
lead quality-improvement projects that involve many hospitals. Our research shows these multi-center projects have saved both lives and
dollars. Now, these projects are serving as models for many other hospitals.
Read more about the U-M's leadership roles in the ACC's
heart attack project, called Guidelines Applied in Practice, and in
BCBSM's angioplasty project.
The Michigan Health and Safety
Coalition's 2006 report shows that U-M far exceeded the thresholds for the recommended number of all cardiovascular procedures measured by
the Coalition. This means U-M patients can be confident that our surgical and procedure teams have high levels of experience that go hand-in-hand
with good outcomes. The procedures measured by the MHSC are: open-heart surgery, percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty and stenting),
abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and carotid endarterectomy surgery.
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that set standards for high-quality and
safe health care, and measures hospitals' performance against those standards, also gives U-M high marks for cardiovascular care. On all three
heart-related measures -- coronary artery bypass surgery, percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty and stenting) and abdominal aortic
aneurysm repair - U-M was rated in 2007 with the highest or the second-highest possible rating. Additionally, U-M received the highest possible
rating possible in the measures of ICU staffing and Safe Practices. Very few hospitals nationwide have achieved the highest rating.
Learn more about Leapfrog ratings by following the instructions for
consumers to see U-M's ratings.