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2/28/08

Two Lubbock Hospitals In Forbes Magazine

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Two Lubbock hospitals are mentioned in the March issue of Forbes Magazine. The article is called "Bad Medicine" and cites a study done by HealthGrades, a nationwide rating firm, goes through millions of health records every year.

In part of the story, Forbes Magazine compares heart care at Covenant Medical Center to the Lubbock Heart Hospital. It says heart patients treated with Angioplasty or a stent have a higher mortality rate at Covenant that at the Lubbock Heart Hospital.

The article mentions the difference between patient care at large hospitals, like Covenant, verses smaller specialty hospitals, such as the Lubbock Heart Hospital. Part of the story also compares Lubbock Heart Hospital's .14% hospital death rate for Angioplasty or stent treatments to Covenant Medical Center's 2.08%.

So NewsChannel 11 took the article to both hospitals. Covenant Medical Center tells us many times they see patients who have waited to see a doctor and are much sicker.

"Specialty hospitals are very different animals than a tertiary care hospital, like Covenant or UMC. Tertiary care hospitals get many emergency cases, where most specialty hospitals or centers get elective cases," Vice President of Covenant Medical Center Gwen Stafford said.

Stafford says while the article used two-year-old data, the hospital is working every day to get better.

Meanwhile, the Lubbock Heart Hospital tells NewsChannel 11 the HealthGrades report is a fair perspective of heart health care in the Hub City.

"We find it as a tribute to the success that Lubbock Heart Hospital has achieved here in a short four years and we think that it's a very accurate article," Chief Executive Office of Lubbock Heart Hospital John McGreevy said.

NewsChannel 11 asked Forbes Magazine why they compared these two Lubbock hospitals. The magazine responded with the following statement.

"The two hospitals Forbes compared have the biggest heart programs in Lubbock, which is a good example of a mid-sized market where a physician-owned specialty hospital competes directly with a large community hospital. In this case the physician-owned specialty hospital has significantly better outcomes than the big hospital, according to HealthGrades data."

Stafford also tells us most of the heart doctors who practice at the Lubbock Heart Hospital also practice at Covenant.

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