Patients at Winnipeg's teaching hospitals had a better chance surviving major surgery last year than the year before, according to a national survey of acute-care hospitals.

Health system performance

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The survey by the Canadian Institute for Health Information compared hospital performance in 21 different areas.

At Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, the mortality rate within five days of major surgery improved significantly, moving from below the national average in 2009-10 to above the average one year later.

Patient survival within five days after major surgery also improved at St. Boniface Hospital, from below average in 2009-10 to average in 2010-11.

However, performance declined in some areas at both hospitals.

At Health Sciences Centre, the rate of readmission within 28 days following treatment for a heart attack fell from above the national average to below the average.

At St. Boniface, the mortality rate for stroke victims for the first 30 days in hospital also fell from above average to below average.

'Pretty good job'

But overall, Manitobans who suffer a heart attack have a better chance of still being alive a month later than the national average, the report found.

Dr. Alan Menkis of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority credits St. Boniface's cardiac care centre, which offers patients "one-stop shopping" for heart procedures.

"I think we're doing a pretty good job," Menkis said.

"We report our results to national and international meetings where we can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with anybody."

But Leslie Worthington, a patient advocate in Winnipeg, said the CIHI report is missing input from patients.

"Where's the patient in all of this?  Why don't they talk to the patients?" she said.

"Get them to fill something out before they leave the hospital. That would be the true, accurate information and data, would it not be?"

Brandon General Hospital and Boundary Trails were on par with the national average for mortality a month after a heart attack.