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Truven Health Analytics Announces 50 Top U.S. Hospitals for Heart Care

Top Hospitals Spend Thousands Less Per Procedure, Release Patients Sooner Than Peers

Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 04, 2013 — Truven Health Analytics today released its annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services.

The study, now in its fifteenth year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes.

“With this year 's 50 Top Cardiovascular award winners, we are seeing the early influence of system efforts to build centers of excellence and develop uniform outcomes across hospitals, " said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. "Sixteen hospitals, representing 32 percent of the winners, are owned by four health systems. This is a significant finding that foreshadows increasingly better outcomes as systems focus on the consistency of results for populations served.”

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals spent roughly $2, 000 less per bypass surgery and about $1, 000 less per heart attack patient admitted. The winners were also quicker to release their patients: a half day better than their peers for heart attack, heart failure, and angioplasty cases, and a full day sooner for bypass patients.

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners, more than:

  • 8, 600 additional lives could be saved
  • $1 billion could be saved
  • 3, 200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication free
The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2012 Medicare cost reports and 2013 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

The winning Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals were classified into three comparison groups. (The order of hospitals in the list does not reflect performance ranking.)

Teaching Hospitals With Cardiovascular Residency Programs

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, IL
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, MA
Doctors Hospital – Columbus, OH
Kettering Medical Center – Kettering, OH
Lankenau Medical Center – Wynnewood, PA
May Clinic – Saint Marys Hospital – Rochester, MN
May Clinic Hospital – Phoenix, AZ
Providence Hospital and Medical Center – Southfield, MI
Saint Vincent Hospital – Worcester, MA
Scott & White Hospital – Temple, TX
Scripps Green Hospital – La Jolla, CA
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center – Phoenix, AZ
St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem – Bethlehem, PA
The Christ Hospital – Cincinnati, OH
Vanguard MacNeal Hospital – Berwyn, IL

Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency Programs

Allen Hospital – Waterloo, IA
Banner Boswell Medical Center – Sun City, AZ
Beaumont Hospital, Troy – Troy, MI
Bethesda North Hospital – Cincinnati, OH
Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital – Richmond, VA
Decatur Memorial Hospital – Decatur, IL
JFK Medical Center – Atlantis, FL
Memorial Hermann Hospital System – Houston, TX
Mission Hospital – Asheville, NC
North Shore Medical Center – Salem, MA
Phoenix Baptist Hospital – Phoenix, AZ
PIH Health – Whittier, CA
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago, IL
Saint Thomas West Hospital – Nashville, TN
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital – Belleville, IL
St. John’s Hospital – Springfield, IL
St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center – Boise, ID
St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison, WI
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – Sacramento, CA
Virginia Hospital Center – Arlington, VA

Community Hospitals

Advocate Condell Medical Center – Libertyville, IL
Advocate Good Shephard Hospital – Barrington, IL
Arrowhead Hospital – Glendale, AZ
Catholic Medical Center – Manchester, NH
El Camino Hospital – Mountain View, CA
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center – Suffern, NY
John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital – Phoenix, AZ
Mercy Hospital – Coon Rapids, MN
Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler - Tyler, TX
NCH Healthcare System – Naples, FL
Ocala Regional Medical Center – Ocala, FL
Ogden Regional Medical Center – Ogden, FL
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services – Colorado Springs, CO
Providence St. Patrick Hospital – Missoula, MT
St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana – Indianapolis, IN

About the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program
Since 1993, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor, or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for through clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademarks or trademarks of Truven Health Analytics. For more information, please visit http://www.100tophospitals.com

About Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health Business

Truven Health Analytics an IBM Company, delivers the answers that clients need to help them improve healthcare quality and access while reducing costs. We provide market-leading performance improvement solutions built on data integrity, advanced analytics, and domain expertise. For more than 40 years, our insights and solutions have been providing hospitals and clinicians, employers and health plans, state and federal government agencies, life sciences companies, and policymakers the facts they need to help them make confident decisions that directly affect the health and well-being of people and organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Truven Health Analytics owns some of the most trusted brands in healthcare, such as MarketScan®, 100 Top Hospitals®, Advantage Suite®, Micromedex®, Simpler®, ActionOI® and JWA. Truven Health has its principal offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. For more information, please visit http://truvenhealth.com.


Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
J. Roderick, Inc. Public Relations