ISMETT Ranks Among Best in Italy

ISMETT, a leading Italian transplant hospital managed by UPMC, was recently ranked among the top hospitals in the country based on 30-day mortality rates following cardiac, thoracic and abdominal surgeries.

The rankings, published in the 2015 edition of the Programma Nazionale Esiti organized by Agenas, the Italian national agency for regional health care services, shows Palermo-based ISMETT as the leader among all regional, public hospitals based on its 2014 results and among the top performers nationally for both public and private hospitals.

“Thanks to the close collaboration of the doctors, nurses, technicians and other staff working at ISMETT, our patient outcomes are among the very best in the nation and the world,” said Bruno Gridelli, M.D., chief executive officer of ISMETT. “The connection between us and our colleagues at UPMC in Pittsburgh, a leading academic medical center, is a powerful tool for our continuous improvement and ensures that our medical knowledge and competencies remain at the highest levels.”

Added Charles Bogosta, president of UPMC International, “ISMETT’s stellar results show what can be achieved when forward-thinking health care leaders worldwide partner with UPMC to re-think the way that patient care is delivered close to home.”  UPMC provides hands-on health care consulting and management services in more than a dozen countries.

Formally known as the Istituto Mediterraneo per i Trapianti e Terapie ad Alta Specializzazione, ISMETT has performed more than 1,600 transplants since it began operations in 1999 and tens of thousands of high specialty procedures, including cardiothoracic and cancer surgeries. It treats more than 30,000 patients a year who suffer from severe organ disease.

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