Mending Broken Hearts 

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Donald Berwick of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.
Dr. Ellen Mahoney, photo by Carol Harrison
Cardiac surgeon Joachim Postel (shown here) and operating room head Dr. Ellen Mahoney believe the hospital is in a renaissance. Photo by Carol Harrison
Humboldt State University nursing student Patti Giallanzo (right) visits Doreless Heisler as part of the Care Transitions Program launched by St. Joseph Hospital. Photo by Carol Harrison
Nurse Jenny Tehan is part of a successful effort in the intensive care unit to wipe out ventilator associated pneumonia. After recording 20 in 2006, St. Joseph Hospital has had none in the last 25 months. Photo by Carol Harrison
Dr. Prediman K. Shah, director of cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
St. Joseph Hospital. Since 2006, Dr. Ellen Mahoney said hospital administration has “put in tremendous resources to look at all our systems and make them error-proof as best we can.” Photo by Carol Harrison
The St. Joseph Hospital renaissance is a work in progress outside as well as inside. As the walls of the new tower go up, the hospital hopes to bring down mortality numbers in heart failure and acute stroke care. Photo by Carol Harrison

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