VCU Health System’s high death rate of 19.3 percent for heart attack patients emerged last week in a report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Studies.
The chief heart doctor, George W. Vetrovec, who spoke with BizSense on Friday, repeated in a video response posted on the VCU website that many of the patients who come to VCU are in poorer health. But he also said that VCU receives referrals from all over the region because it is the largest hospital, and those patients are in poorer health.
VCU Health System has a 19.3 percent mortality rate for heart attack patients, compared to the national average of 16.6 percent.
Dr. Ron Clark, the chief medical officer at VCU said that while the mortality rate was high, in the area of procedures and response time to heart attack victims, VCU is among the nation’s leaders.
View VCU’s video response here.
You can read about the report here.