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Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute: Proud of our 2010 Clinical Outcomes

Northwestern Memorial Hospital September 26, 2011

Illustrating how the work we do every day results in superior outcomes that meet and often exceed national standards

CHICAGO, IL – To our Colleagues and Patients,

We are proud to share our 2010 annual Clinical Activities and Outcomes Report from Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute. Through stories about patient experiences and innovative programs, this report illustrates how the work we do every day results in superior outcomes that meet and often exceed national standards. Our hope is that physicians and patients alike find this report educational, informative and useful when planning cardiovascular care.

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institue Clinical OutcomesOur clinical excellence, comprehensive programs and superior clinical outcomes have again been recognized at the national level. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked our Cardiology and Heart Surgery program 16th in the nation and ranked Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the No. 1 hospital in the Chicago metro region.

A new era has begun in the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with the successful recruitment of Clyde W. Yancy, MD, as the chief of Cardiology. As the immediate past president of the American Heart Association, Dr. Yancy’s leadership and clinical expertise will greatly contribute to the growth of an already thriving Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

Also, to meet the needs of patients, families and the community, services provided at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute are now being offered at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, our affiliated hospital located in the northern suburbs of Illinois where Ian D. Cohen, MD, is the medical director of Cardiology. Through this affiliation, we work to provide a seamless integration of care between services provided at Lake Forest and on the medical campus in downtown Chicago.

We are strong believers in providing outstanding patient care and in educating patients and referring physicians on the importance of clinical outcomes in differentiating cardiovascular programs when deciding where to seek and refer care. Our goal is to achieve superior clinical results for all of our patients and to help them return to normal activities while improving their overall quality of life. The patient stories and accompanying graphs in this report reflect our excellent outcomes and the individualized care that patients receive at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

An extension of the patient experience is maintaining close cooperation and open communication with referring physicians. This collaboration is a critical component of achieving high-quality care and minimizing the challenges that come with performing complex cardiovascular procedures.

Learn more about our Clinical Outcomes online or download a copy of the 2010 Clinical Outcomes.

When you need advanced treatment, the nationally recognized experts at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute are available to evaluate and respond to your medical needs.

Patrick M. McCarthy, MD

Division of Cardiac Surgery
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute

Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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