Tuesday, November 29, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mayo Clinic in Florida was named one of the top liver transplant centers in the country by HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization. The organization used data calculated by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients to evaluate the 230 adult acute care hospitals in the United States that offer heart, kidney, lung, or liver transplants. They chose 19 hospitals as top transplants centers and, within this list, Mayo Clinic in Florida was one of six recipients for excellence in liver transplant out of 134 hospitals performing this transplant specialty evaluated in the survey.
"The success of the liver transplant program at Mayo Clinic in Florida is a result of the extraordinary work done every day by a team of highly trained professionals, whose focus is on the care and welfare of the patients," says Andrew Keaveny, M.D., medical director of the program.
The information is available at Healthgrades.
HealthGrades reviewed transplant data collected between July 1, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2007, to evaluate one- and three-year risk-adjusted patient survival and graft survival rates. Researchers also tracked measures related to wait-listed patients, such as mortality and the rate at which they received transplants.
"More than 26,000 kidney, lung, heart and liver transplants occur annually, and now patients have a resource to compare patient outcomes and other criteria at programs across the country," says Rick May, M.D., of HealthGrades. "As with other HealthGrades hospital ratings, these are based on objective patient outcomes, giving patients a sound basis for evaluating transplant centers."
The hospitals that were ultimately named to the list had to have three-year patient survival rates that were "statistically higher" than expected and wait-list mortality rates that were either "statistically lower" or "not statistically different" than expected.
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