MATTOON -- Sarah Bush Lincoln has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.
The award signifies that Sarah Bush Lincoln is in the top 9 percent of 4,812 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services, according to a press release.
SBL President & CEO Jerry Esker said, “We are truly honored to receive this distinguished award. It speaks volumes to the work of the people involved in our cardiology program and to our partnership with Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois. Our goal is to always provide exceptional care.”
A new heart center is under construction at Sarah Bush Lincoln and will include a second cardiac catheterization lab, more exam rooms, and consolidates the rehab gym, stress testing, echocardiography, pulmonary function testing, EKG, and nuclear medicine into one area. The second floor includes 20 private patient rooms. The new addition to the southeast side of the health center will open in fall 2018.
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, causing one in three deaths each year -- approximately one woman every minute. What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.
“With such strong prevalence of heart disease, every woman should know where to find the very best heart care before she ever has an incident,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of The Women’s Choice Award. “We help women by conducting evidence-based research and recognizing the hospitals that could one day save their lives.”
The methodology used to select Sarah Bush Lincoln as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care is unique in that it evaluates:
- The number of cardiac/vascular services offered. Recognized hospitals must offer at least six of the following services: Cardiac Catheter Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Surgery, Carotid Stenting, Coronary Interventions, Electrophysiology, Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery and Coronary Intensive Care (CCU).
- 30-day mortality and readmission rates for heart attack and failure
- Patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey
- Primary research about women’s healthcare preferences
For more information about the America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care, visit https://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/healthcare/