Pa. hospital is ranked high in state, nation

October 18, 2007|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In the areas of coronary intervention, pulmonary care or a joint replacement, Chambersburg Hospital ranks among the best in Pennsylvania and the nation, according to a study by HealthGrades, a leading health care ratings organization.

HealthGrades representatives on Wednesday presented the hospital with its 2008 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, which ranked tops in Pennsylvania, according to this year's survey, which analyzed patient outcomes in the nation's hospitals for 2004, 2005 and 2006.

The hospital also received HealthGrades' Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for 2008 during a press conference at the hospital. The study showed that the hospital's "mortality rates in caring for patients with either chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia are among the best 10 percent in the nation," Alex Peck of HealthGrades said.

Overall, the hospital's pulmonary care ranked ninth among Pennsylvania hospitals, according to the survey, which looked at more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records during that three-year period to determine patient outcomes.


Chambersburg Hospital made the top 10 in Pennsylvania for joint replacement, as well, according to HealthGrades' rankings.

"Today, emergency cases at Chambersburg Hospital receive intervention 54 minutes after arriving at our doors. The national benchmark is 90 minutes," Dr. Thomas Anderson, the hospital's vice president for Medical Affairs, said of the coronary intervention program.

The program began just three years ago by Drs. Aylmer Tang and Arshad Safi of the Franklin County Heart Center is treating more than 1,200 people annually, Anderson said. About 400 of those patients undergo angioplasty, Tang said.

The hospital now operates two cardiac catherization labs with the most up-to-date equipment, Tang said.

Pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician Dr. Imtiaz Khurshid of Pulmonary Associates was presented the Pulmonary Excellence Award on behalf of the hospital.

The HealthGrades survey also gave the hospital five-star ratings in other areas of patient care, including the treatment of pulmonary embolisms, pancreatitis, heart attacks, heart failure and total knee replacement.

"The HealthGrades study clearly shows that Chambersburg Hospital has a proven health care team that ranks with the very best-performing hospitals across the nation," said Norman B. Epstein, the president of Summit Health, which operates Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital.

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