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Ogden hospitals on list of nation’s top spots for cardiovascular care

By Jamie Lampros - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Apr 1, 2024

Brian Wolfer, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Ogden Regional Medical Center is pictured on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center have been named among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in America for 2024.

Fortune Magazine and Pinc AI named the top 50 last week. Intermountain Medical Center in Murray also was on the list.

Fortune Magazine and Pinc AI evaluate hospitals each year to determine which ones are providing high-quality, affordable cardiovascular care.

“This is a terrific honor to have our efforts to provide the highest-quality care to our patients be recognized by Fortune Magazine,” said Dr. Eric Lindley, medical director of the cardiovascular program at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital, as quoted in a news release. The rankings for this year’s top 50 looked at 940 hospitals across the nation and assessed their performance based on inpatient deaths and complications, readmission, 30-day mortality rates, average length of stay and cost, and overall patient experience.

The rankings also focus on short-term and acute care and nonfederal hospitals that treat a wide variety of cardiology patients. Hospitals must provide all levels of care, including open-heart surgery.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in America, claiming one victim every 33 seconds. In 2021, 695,000 people in the U.S. lost their lives to the disease. Risk factors include obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, secondhand smoke, abnormal cholesterol levels, sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet.

According to its website, Pinc AI “provides the unique opportunity to use real-world data to conduct evidence-based and population-based analyses of drugs, devices, disease states and other treatments.”

If all hospitals operated at the level of this year’s top 50, there could be 7,600 fewer deaths, 6,700 fewer bypass and angioplasty patient complications, and more than $1 billion in inpatient costs could have been saved, according to the report.

“Our goal is to provide the very best heart care to our patients close to home here in Northern Utah. We’re proud to have those efforts recognized nationally. That’s a credit to our entire team,” Lindley said in the release.

The authors stated that hospitals did not apply for the award, nor did they pay to market the honor.


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