Achievements

2015 Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2015 Annual Report. This year's report offers an overview of programs, including our Structural Heart Program and our new Advanced Cardiac Support Center.

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Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute has received local and national recognition for high-quality cardiac care. We monitor our outcomes closely and strive to achieve the best results for our patients. Achievements include:

  • A leading consumer magazine has identified Swedish Cherry Hill as one of the top hospitals in the country for heart surgery. The publication, using data from the independent Society of Thoracic Surgeons, surveyed 400 hospitals and gave Swedish Cherry Hill ‘Above Average’ ratings (the highest possible) for aortic valve replacement and cardiac bypass surgery. Swedish was the only hospital in Washington State to receive such a rating by the leading consumer magazine.
  • Swedish is one of only 23 hospitals nationwide to receive three-star ratings from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for coronary bypass surgery (CABG) and aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery. Results are based on clinical outcomes of 998 cardiac surgery programs in the United States. A three-star rating reflects the highest level of quality care in patients undergoing CABG and AVR.
    Society of Thoracic Surgeon’s quality rating system for 2012
  • Our door-to-balloon time, a measure of the speed of heart attack treatment and a major predictor of heart attack survival, is in the top 10 percent of all institutions nationwide.
    2012 American College of Cardiology Institutional Outcomes Report
  • Swedish is ranked in the top 20 percent of all hospitals across the country on mortality prevention in percutaneous coronary intervention (nonsurgical) procedures, such as angioplasties.
    2012 American College of Cardiology Institutional Outcomes Report
  • Swedish is ranked in the top 17 percent of all hospitals across the country for our performance in coronary arterial bypass grafts and valve replacement procedures.
    Society of Thoracic Surgeon’s quality rating system for 2012
  • Swedish achieved 3 stars – the highest designation – for our performance in coronary arterial bypass grafts procedures. This rating system is based on our ability to reduce mortality, morbidity or complications, and use of best-practice methods for our patients.
    Society of Thoracic Surgeon’s quality rating system for 2012
  • Swedish Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit received the Beacon Award for Excellence, which lauds U.S.-based hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient outcomes. Learn more

Other Pioneering Efforts

  • Swedish was the first medical center on the West Coast to perform a robotic-assistant coronary angioplasty. Learn more
  • Swedish performed the first hybrid case for atrial fibrillation (AF) ever done west of the Mississippi. The hybrid procedure combines the benefits of both surgical and catheter-based ablation to treat patients with persistent and long-standing forms of AF. Learn more
  • We’re one of the few places in the Pacific Northwest able to offer treatment options for patients with severe aortic valve stenosis – even those who are not candidates for open-heart surgery due to age, frailty or other co-morbidities. Our interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons have significant experience and expertise with both surgical and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Learn more
  • At Swedish, patients now have the ability to undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) while under conscious sedation, rather than under general anesthesia (otherwise known as “deep sedation”). Using conscious sedation eliminates risks associated with general anesthesia as well as the need for a breathing tube, which is challenging for some patients to tolerate. Conscious sedation also reduces recovery time considerably, with some patients even sitting up and walking on the same day as their surgery. Learn more