Hunt Regional Medical Center is on par with the national average regarding the re-admission rate for heart attack patients, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. And the hospital is one of the best in the region for heart attack survivability rate.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) compiled the data, which covers the period from 2005 to 2008, from more than 4,000 hospitals across the nation

The 30-day mortality rate is when patients die within 30 days of their admission to a hospital, while the 30-day readmission rate is when patients who have had a recent hospital stay need to go back into the hospital within 30 days of their discharge.

From 2005 to 2008, the heart attack death rate at Hunt Regional Medical Center was 16.7 percent, while its heart attack re-admission rate was 19.7 percent.

Nationally, the 30-day heart attack death rate was 16.6 percent, while the average heart attack re-admission rate was 19.9 percent.

The information comes from data submitted by hospitals to the QIO Clinical Data Warehouse for all inpatient discharges.

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