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MedCentral Health Systems and Midwestern Cardiac Surgery  Named Number One Program in Ohio for 2nd Year in a Row

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MedCentral Health Systems ranks #1 in Ohio for cardiac surgery, according to the 11th Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study issued October 2008. The study, the largest of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes at 5,000 hospitals in America for 2005 - 2007. MedCentral was ranked among the Top 5 percent in the nation for cardiac surgery. It was also awarded 5 star rankings for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery and Valve Replacement Surgery. This is the third year in a row that MedCentral's program was in the top 10 percent in the nation. It was also the 3rd year in a row that the program received 5 star ratings for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery and Valve Replacement Surgery.

David A. Brown and Fraser M. Keith, MD Named 2009 Top Surgeons

David A. Brown, MD and Fraser M. Keith were once again named America's Top Surgeons by the Consumers' research Council of America/ This is a Washington, D.C. based research organization that provides consumer information guides for professional services throughout America. They help educate and assist consumers in obtaining the finest professional services. The criteria used to select the top surgeons included experience, training, professional associations, and certifications. Dr. David Brown has received this honor every year since 2004. This is the third year in a row that Dr. Keith has received this award.

MedCentral Mansfield Hospital Cardiac Surgery Program Earns Excellence Award from HealthGrades.com

MedCentral Mansfield's Cardiac Bypass Surgery and Valve Surgery Programs were awarded the Speciality Excellence Award from HealthGrades.com for 2008. MedCentral is only one of two hospitals in all of Ohio to receive this award for both coronary artery bypass surgery and valve surgery. HealthGrades.com uses data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services based upon hospitalized Medicare patients for 2005 - 2007. Some noted measures from the report include a complication rate significantly below the national average, as well as length of stay being shorter than average. This is the third year in a row that MedCentral Health Systems has received this ranking.

Bypass Surgery better for patients than Stent placement

As reported in the Wall Street Journal on 5/26/05 and the New England Journal of Medicine on 5/26/05, researchers found that stent placement carries a significantly higher risk of death over the long-term compared to bypass surgery as a treatment for blocked coronary arteries. The study found that stent and angioplasty procedures are not as effective as bypass for the sickest patients. Almost 60,000 patients with serious heart disease were studied. Those with three blocked arteries who received stents were 1.56 times as likely to die within three years as those who had bypass surgery. In addition, more than one third of the patients who received stents needed either surgery or additional angioplasties with stents within three years. Only 5% of the patients who received bypass surgery needed to get either of these treatments during the same period.

This isn't the first study to find that bypass surgery is better and safer for patients compared to stents. Earlier research found that patients with diabetes and heart disease tended to have better survival rates with bypass surgery. In 2004, researchers at The Cleveland Clinic reported in Circulation that bypass surgery had longer lasting benefits compared to angioplasty in high risk patients. The risk of death over time was more than twice as high in patients who had angioplasty.