Hospital again recognized ‘great’ for heart care


When it comes to heart care, Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn is nationally listed in the January 2014 edition of Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs,” for a second straight year.

Becker’s editorial team selects hospitals on the basis of their achieved recognition for quality care, clinical awards and contributions to the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Hospitals on the list have received accolades for outstanding cardiovascular services by U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Among other honors in 2013, Christ Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute was:

Named again by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals in heart care and heart surgery

Selected for the second consecutive year by Truven Health Analytics for inclusion in that organization’s 100 Top Hospitals®

For the eighth consecutive reporting period, earned the highest rating – three stars – from the Chicago-based Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

“To merit inclusion again in Becker’s listing for heart care is truly a testament to the work of our medical staff and associates,” said Pat Pappas, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Christ Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute.

The Heart and Vascular Institute is one of Illinois’ busiest and most experienced heart centers. In 2013, the heart teams performed nearly 1,100 adult open heart surgeries and 396 pediatric heart surgeries. That experience is a key reason why the Institute consistently tops national benchmarks in achieving clinical outcomes and overall performance. The Institute also is a leader in the comprehensive treatment of heart failure, and its ventricular assist device (VAD) program is considered to be among the largest and best in the nation.

In just a few weeks, the medical center will be opening a new, nine-story Outpatient Pavilion to help meet the health care demands of the growing area communities and the Southland. Located at 95th Street and Kilbourn Avenue in Oak Lawn, the Institute will offer a wide array of outpatient programs including a heart failure clinic to treat congestive heart failure, a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation clinic, an anticoagulation clinic and a transplant and VAD clinic.

Provided by Advocate Christ Medical Center