UP Health System – Marquette Recognized Nationally for Excellence in Heart Care

Pictured above: Billy Akerley, Lead Cardiovascular Tech, UP Health System – Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette achieved national recognition for having the second lowest heart attack readmission rate in the country. The news comes from Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality, a leading healthcare industry publication in the U.S., who compiled data from July 2012 through June 2015. This is the most recent data available on 30-day readmission rates from acute myocardial infarctions.¹

Across the US, only 51 hospitals were recognized for having a readmission rate less than 15 percent. UP Health System – Marquette was the only hospital in Michigan recognized in this report.

Recent CMS data also shows that UP Health System – Marquette ranks better than national averages for avoiding complications for hip/knee replacements, MRSA and overall readmission rates.

“We are very pleased with this announcement from Becker’s – it highlights the exciting change and process improvements happening at our hospital,” said Wael Khouli, MD, Chief Medical Officer of UP Health System – Marquette. “We take great care with all of our patients and are continually motivated by our mission of making communities healthier.”

Dr. Khouli continued, “These results come from not only our exceptional medical staff in our Heart & Vascular team, but also from Emergency Room physicians and staff and our nurses; it is truly a team effort. This is just one indication of the great work and compassion to which our entire staff commits, every day, for every patient.”

The Heart & Vascular team at UP Health System – Marquette includes world-class interventional cardiologists who perform life-saving procedures for heart attack patients at the hospital. The hospital has also added Dr. Bradford Blakeman, Cardiovascular Surgeon, to their medical staff.  “With the successful recruitment of Dr. Blakeman, the residents of the Upper Peninsula will once again have 24/7 access to elective and emergent open heart services,” said Dr. Khouli.

UP Health System – Marquette received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) in December 2016 and saw the addition of a new, state-of-the-art catheterization lab in January 2017. 


  1. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/51-hospitals-with-the-lowest-heart-attack-readmission-rates-032817.html

About UP Health System – Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS – Marquette) is a federally-designated Regional Referral Center for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). UPHS – Marquette is a Level II Trauma Center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Joint Commission awarded the hospital the Gold Seal of Approval for its Primary Stroke Center in 2010, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan gave UPHS – Marquette its Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Spine Surgery, Maternity Care, and Knee & Hip Replacement in 2016.  The UP Health System – Marquette Cancer Care program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and is the only accredited cancer program in the Upper Peninsula. We have been granted designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. UP Heath System – Marquette received Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care in December 2016. 

Currently a 315-bed specialty care hospital, we are in the construction stage our new state of the art hospital, anticipated completion in the fall of 2018. As Upper Michigan’s Regional Medical Center, UPHS – Marquette recruits for employed and private practice positions in Marquette, Michigan, and similar positions at hospital-owned clinics in eight other communities throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Our dynamic medical staff of more than 200 doctors uphold the highest standards of excellence. They work as a team with our 2300+ employees in caring for approximately 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year.    

UP Health System – Marquette’s major services include its Heart & Vascular Institute, Cancer Center, Brain & Spine Center, Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health, Digestive Health, Bariatric Medicine & Weight Management Center and Women’s Health, Family Birthing, and Pediatrics Center. The hospital also provides the region’s premier services in imaging, surgery and laboratory and is home to the UP Telehealth Network, a leading telehealth network in the nation. We also service many of the communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with 42 primary and specialty care clinics spread throughout the region.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Health (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint’s experience in community-based hospital management and Duke’s world-renowned leadership in patient safety and clinical quality systems, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.

 

 

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