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Topeka, KS 66606

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Cotton O’Neil Heart Center

Cutting-edge Technology. Compassion.

As the leader in cardiovascular medicine, the cardiovascular program at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center has combined cutting-edge technology with compassion. The center is unrivaled in cardiovascular intervention and treatment throughout Kansas. Cardiologists at the Cotton O’Neil Heart Center have been recruited from some of the most renowned training programs in the world, and the team of cardiovascular caregivers is continuously improving capabilities and compliance scores. For example: 

  • Stormont Vail Hospital is the only hospital in Kansas, west of the Kansas City metroplex, to receive the Action Registry Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for the level of treatment administered during a heart attack.  
  • Stormont Vail is an accredited Chest Pain Center. The organization’s interventional cardiologists are interrupting heart attacks as quickly as 15-minutes after the patient arrives at Stormont Vail.  
  • Cotton O’Neil Heart Center provides cardiac outreach clinics in 15 outlying locations.   
  • Cotton O’Neil Heart Center delivers high-tech imaging services to local communities through mobile technology.  
  • Cotton O’Neil Heart Center provides a regional cardiology office in Manhattan.    

Heart Center News 

Stormont Vail Health Named One of the Nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals

Stormont Vail Health announced today that it has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Among the top 50, Stormont Vail ranked one of only 15 community hospitals named in the United States.  

The Truven Health Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual quantitative study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular service. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, these celebrated winners provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for the health care industry. Hospitals do not apply and winners do not pay to market their honor.

The Truven Top 50 designation is based on analysis of Medicare patients. These hospitals have the following in common:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival
  • Fewer patient complications
  • Higher survival rates for heart attack and heart failure
  • Lower re-admission rates for heart attack and heart failure
  • Better performance on Medicare and Medicaid Core Measures
  • Lower length of stay
  • Lower cost per patient case

“This is quite an accomplishment,” said Joe Hopeck, Stormont Vail Health administrative director of the cardiovascular service line. “When it comes to providing high quality cardiovascular care at Stormont Vail, we are not just surviving in this environment, but we are thriving, and that is great news for our patients.”

Stormont Vail Health Receives Platinum Performance Achievement Award for Heart Attack Response 

Stormont Vail Health received the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Foundation's NCDR ACTION Registry - Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2012. The achievement is completed by fewer than 164 hospitals nationwide. The award recognizes Stormont Vail for its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Stormont Vail has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients at recommended levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. 

To receive the ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Stormont Vail Regional Health Center consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry-GWTG Premier for a minimum of two years, and met a performance standard of at least 90 percent for specific performance measures. Following these treatment guidelines improves adherence to ACC/AHA Clinical Guideline recommendations, which helps ensure drug safety monitoring and the overall quality of care. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients. 

"Because the number of heart attack patients is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidences of heart disease and an aging population, it is instrumental to maintain an exceptional response time when a heart attack patient calls 911," said Joe Hopeck, administrative director, cardiovascular service line, Stormont Vail Health. "We have been focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular response times for a decade and being part of the ACTION Registry-GWTG database allows us to track our times with other hospitals across the nation."

The Cotton O’Neil Heart Center cares for people throughout northeast Kansas. To learn more about our services, call (785) 270-4000. 

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