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Decatur Memorial Hospital Named One of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters


Decatur, Ill. – Decatur Memorial Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.
The study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

This is the fourth time DMH has been recognized in the nation by Thomson Reuters for delivering top quality care.  Thomson Reuters named DMHa 100 Top Hospital earlier in 2011 and a 100 Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care in 2007 and 2008.  This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital winners were announced Nov. 14 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

"Once again DMH has been honored as one of the best hospitals in the country,” said Ken Smithmier, President & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “Being named a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital by Thomson Reuters is a testament to the years of effort put in by a committed team of DMH doctors and staff. We are grateful for the recognition and look forward to continuing to set the quality standard in healthcare for our community."

 “This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. “The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the healthcare system is steeped in volatility.”

The study shows that 97 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and approximately 96 percent remain complication-free, reflecting improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past year. The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (23 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients).
  • Lower complications indices (40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass case than non-winners. 
  • Increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries.  Top hospitals have increased their use of this recommended procedure from 88 to 96 percent

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

DMH remains committed to Decatur and the surrounding communities offering advanced heart care right here in Decatur.  DMH offers 24/7 interventional cardiology providing angioplasty and/or stents to treat a heart attack.  DMH is also Decatur’s only hospital that offers 24/7 heart surgery, providing care that’s better than national standards (according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons) through the expertise of our heart surgeon.  All of our DMH heart doctors live and work in our community and are members of the DMH Medical Group, the largest medical group in Macon County.


Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois.  Today, DMH is a 280-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians.  DMH encompasses 12 state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. The hospital provides 24/7 interventional cardiology and is the only hospital in Decatur that offers heart surgery. In 2011, Thomson Reuters named DMH one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® and in 2007 and 2008 a 100 Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care. For more information, call 217-876-2850 or visit

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