Monday, December 10, 2012

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center named “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital”

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC) has been named as one of the nation’s “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals” by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare Business of Thomson Reuters.

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals annual report identifies the nation's top hospitals performing cardiovascular services, selected from more than 1,000 hospitals across the country.

The honor recognizes PPMC’s consistent leadership and quality in cardiology and cardiac surgery.  Penn Presbyterian is recognized for expertise in:
  • Complex arrhythmia management
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Noninvasive cardiology and cardiac imaging
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Vascular medicine and endovascular therapy 
  • Women's heart health

For more than a century, Penn Heart and Vascular at PPMC has provided outstanding health care services.   Penn Presbyterian's cardiac care teams work together to diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of cardiac conditions.  In addition to heart operations, PPMC’s cardiovascular surgeons also perform coronary artery bypass in high-risk patients, complex aortic surgery, heart valve repair and minimally invasive robotic-assisted cardiac surgery.

According to Harvey Waxman, MD, chief of cardiology at PPMC, the staff adheres to a process of continuous improvement to reduce surgical complications.  Even though the wound infection rate has been below 1 percent for the past several years, the staff wants to do better.  “Our goal is zero,” Waxman says.

For information about Penn Heart and Vascular at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, or to request an appointment, visit or call 800-789-PENN (7366).

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