January 8, 2010

VHVI named among best at coronary bypass surgery

VHVI named among best at coronary bypass surgery

Castle Connolly has named Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute one of the best hospitals nationwide for coronary bypass surgery, the most common procedure performed as a result of heart disease.

Vanderbilt is the only heart center in Tennessee named to the list.
The list of the top 25 hospitals appears in the December/January issue of Worth Magazine.

“This recognition speaks to the hard work and leadership of John Byrne, M.D., the chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, and all of our colleagues at VHVI,” said Keith Churchwell, M.D., executive medical director and chief medical officer for VHVI.

Castle Connolly is a health care research and information company founded in 1991 to help guide consumers to America's top doctors and hospitals.

Castle Connolly selected the 25 hospitals based on factors such as the number of affiliated doctors in thoracic surgery selected as Castle Connolly Top Doctors, and various state and national “outcome” measures and quality rankings of medical centers and hospitals for coronary artery bypass surgery.

“What is particularly satisfying is the fact that we are listed among the leading centers for heart care in the United States. It is a testament to the teamwork with which we have the privilege of being associated,” Byrne said.

“This is yet another tribute to the outstanding dedication of every Vanderbilt employee who contributes to the care of our heart patients. In particular, we are privileged to work alongside a phenomenal nursing staff — a critical reason VHVI has achieved this recognition,” said Doug Sawyer, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Other hospitals named to the list include Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University Medical Center, Emory University Hospital, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Texas Heart Institute.