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KDMC Named Among Nation’s 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

ASHLAND, KY — For the second consecutive year, King’s Daughters has been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® for cardiovascular care by Thomson Healthcare.

KDMC is the only hospital in the Tri-State to achieve this honor. Only one other Kentucky hospital, and no West Virginia medical centers, are among the Top 100.

This is the third major recognition for KDMC’s heart program in the past two months. In October, HealthGrades, the nation’s leading healthcare ratings company, named KDMC’s cardiac surgery program number one in Kentucky and among the top five percent in the nation. Earlier this month, the Society of Chest Pain Centers granted King’s Daughters the designation of Accredited Chest Pain Center.

“These important distinctions let patients know King’s Daughters provides excellent cardiac care that is among the very best in the nation,” KDMC President/CEO Fred Jackson says. “Patients have a choice and this type of independent verification of our quality standards sets King’s Daughters heart program apart from other hospitals.”

The 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success study measures performance on key criteria at the nations’ top 1,000 hospitals by analyzing their outcomes for eight measures related to congestive heart failure, heart attacks, coronary artery bypass grafts and angioplasty and stenting. The report appears in the current issue of Modern Healthcare magazine and is available at

For the past three years, Thompson Healthcare also has named King’s Daughters one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals, an award that recognizes excellence in quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance, and adaptation to the environment.

“The study show that, if all cardiovascular hospitals achieved the same results as 100 Top Hospital award winners, more than 7,000 lives would be saved annually,” says Richard Paulus, M.D. medical director of the Heart and Vascular Center. “When it comes to providing the world-class heart care, quality and experience go hand in hand.”

The 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study identifies hospitals that are the highest performers in the nation in cardiovascular service, and to set performance targets for improving clinical outcomes and management practices. Hospitals were scored in eight key performance areas: risk-adjusted medical mortality, risk-adjusted surgical mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures score, percentage of CABG patients with internal mammary artery use, procedure volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

The measures were calculated for three classes of hospitals with the following number of winners in each:

  • Teaching with cardiovascular residency programs, 30 winners
  • Teaching without cardiovascular residency programs, 40 winners
  • Community, 30 winners (King’s Daughters was among these winners)

For more details about the award, please call David Wilkins, Thomson Healthcare, at (734) 913-3397, or Michael Reeves, KDMC, at (606) 327-6131.

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