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Quality Outcomes

The Heart Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital is ranked nationally in the top five percent for heart attack treatment by the American College of Cardiology. We improve quality in all areas of cardiovascular care by continually collecting and analyzing care data. Our Heart Center consistently meets and exceeds national guidelines for quality heart care.

Review the quality measures below and learn more about heart attack treatment (acute myocardial infarction) and congestive heart failure treatment. We hope this information is helpful to you as you make decisions about your heart health.

Heart Attack Treatment Measures

Time to transfer outpatients needing specialized care to another hospital

Lawrence Memorial Hospital not applicable*
Kansas Average 62 minutes
National Average 59 minutes

A lower number of minutes is better.

Why is this important?

The faster patients can be transferred for specialized care, the less damage done to the heart and the better the chance of recovery.

*This measure is not applicable to Lawrence Memorial Hospital because patients remain at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for specialized heart attack treatment.

Time for outpatients to receive an ECG

Lawrence Memorial Hospital too small to be reliable
Kansas Average 8 minutes
National Average 7 minutes

A lower number of minutes is better.

Why is this important?

The faster an electrocardiogram (ECG) can be performed, the quicker health care providers can diagnose a heart attack.

Drugs to break up blood clots given to outpatients within 30 minutes of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital not available
Kansas Average 43%
National Average 59%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Taking drugs to dissolve blood clots can improve blood flow to the heart.

Outpatients given aspirin within 24 hours of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100% 
Kansas Average 94%
National Average 97%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Receiving aspirin early can decrease illness and improve chances of survival.

Fibrinolytic drugs given within 30 minutes of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital not available
Kansas Average 25%
National Average 55%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Taking drugs to dissolve blood clots can improve blood flow to the heart.

Intervention provided in the Cath Lab, if needed, within 90
minutes of arrival

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 98%
National Average 96%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

The faster an intervention in the Cath Lab (if appropriate), the less damage done to the heart and the better the chance of recovery.

Aspirin given at discharge *

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 99%
National Average 99%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Aspirin therapy for patients who have suffered a heart attack can decrease illness and improve chances of survival.

Statin prescribed at discharge *

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 99%
National Average 98%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

Prescribing statins for patients with high cholesterol who have suffered a heart attack may reduce the risk of another one.

Source: Hospital Compare, April 2013 to March 2014
* April 2013 to December 2013

Heart Failure Care Measures

Detailed discharge instructions provided

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 91%
National Average 95%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

It is important for heart failure patients to know how to take care of themselves. Carefully following discharge instructions can lead to improved health results and a reduced need to return to the hospital.

Left Ventricular Systolic Function of the heart evaluated *

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 94%
National Average 99%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

It is important to assess the left ventricular function of the heart in order to choose the appropriate heart failure medications to promote health, prevent illness and reduce the risk of death.

ACE inhibitor or ARB prescribed at discharge

Lawrence Memorial Hospital 100%
Kansas Average 95%
National Average 97%

Higher percentages are better.

Why is this important?

ACE inhibitors and ARBs have been found effective at reducing illness and death in heart failure patients with Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction of the heart.

Source: Hospital Compare, April 2013 to December 2013
* April 2013 to March 2014