Volume Data

Research indicates that for some high-risk procedures, hospitals that perform a larger number of those procedures are more likely to experience better outcomes. This is most likely because those hospitals that perform higher volumes have increased proficiency and more expertise in the procedures.

The chart below compares the number of each procedure performed annually at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, compared with the minimun number considered necessary to achieve the best results. The minimum number is based on research from the Leapfrog Group, whose goal is to increase the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare.

  2008  2009  2010  Leapfrog Standard 
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair  108 93 91 50
Aortic Valve Replacement  228 237 188 120
Bariatric Surgery  155 153 178 125
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG)  712 658 620 450
Esophagectomy  9 14 9 13
High-Risk Deliveries*  63 53 48 >50**
Pancreatic Resection  16 10 10 11
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)  1262 1153 1022 400

*High-risk deliveries are defined as the following:

  • Expected birth weight less than 1500 grams (3 pounds, 5 ounces)
  • Gestational age less than 32 weeks, or
  • Pre-natal diagnosis of major congenital anomaly

**The Leapfrog Standard is based on an annual count of very low birth weight babies in a Neonatal Intensive Care unit

Orthopedic Volumes  

 

 2008 

2009 

2010 

Total Hip Replacement 

1214

1211

1165

Total Knee Replacement  

854

750

781