Desert Springs Hospital Named Among America’s 100 Best for Coronary Intervention

By February 7, 2019 Press Release, Recognition

New report identifies Desert Springs Hospital among the top hospitals nationally for excellence in cardiovascular care

Desert Springs Hospital is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention, according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*

This specialty award is based upon coronary interventional procedures (angioplasty/stent), and the average of in-hospital mortality and in-hospital + 30-day mortality z-scores based on MedPAR data. The in-hospital +30 day mortality outcome accounts for 60 percent of the weight and in-hospital mortality accounts for 40 percent. 

The achievement is part of the findings released in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes.

For the 2019 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared Specialty Excellence Award Recipients as a group, to all other hospitals, as a group, and found from 2015-2017, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average 46.0% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.  Also, patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award are, on average 1.85 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.*

“We are very proud of the team effort it took to achieve this award,” said Ryan Jensen, CEO/Managing Director of Desert Springs Hospital. “This underscores our ongoing commitment to the rapid diagnosis, intervention, treatment and follow-up care of all cardiac patients, particularly those experiencing a heart attack and benefiting from balloon angioplasty and stent placement.”

Added Sanjay Malhotra, MD, medical director of the cardiac catheterization lab for Desert Springs Hospital, “This award is a testimony of the commitment of the staff and physicians consistently striving to improve outcomes. We would like to thank our patients from the bottom of our hearts to have the opportunity to help heal yours.”

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for coronary intervention have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and this recognition distinguishes Desert Springs Hospital in the marketplace.” 

Desert Springs Hospital, located near the famous Las Vegas Strip, specializes in emergency care, advanced cardiovascular care and cardiac wraparound services such as weight-loss surgery, advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine, outpatient cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes education and wellness.  

Desert Springs Hospital has also been recognized for the following clinical achievements:

·         Accredited by The Joint Commission for hospital services, heart failure and primary stroke programs.

·         Earned recognition status with Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE), a nursing education and consultation program focused on the care of older adults, in December 2018

·         Earned the 2018 Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll Award from the American Stroke Association.

·         Earned the 2018 Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Bronze Award from the American Heart Association

·         First hospital in Nevada to receive accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (formerly the Society of Chest Pain Centers). 

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for almost 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality/.

About Desert Springs Hospital

Desert Springs Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System (VHS), a network of six acute care hospitals caring for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located a few miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip, the 293-bed hospital offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency care, surgical services, advanced cardiovascular care, and specialty programs in stroke, chest pain, diabetes, advanced wound care and hyperbaric medicine, surgical weight loss/bariatrics, geropsychiatric services and acute inpatient rehabilitation.