Truven Health Analytics releases list of top 50 cardiovascular hospitals

Truven Health Analytics released its top 50 cardiovascular hospitals on Nov. 9, including 34 that are member of health systems. The annual list is based on public data sources, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare initiative and the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) file.

The 50 hospitals had 20 to 33 percent higher inpatient survival, 8 to 11 percent fewer patients with complications, 0.6 percent to 0.7 percent higher 30-day survival rates for acute MI and heart failure and 1.05 percent lower readmissions rates for acute MI and heart failure compared with a peer group of similar hospitals that did not make the list.

The winning hospitals also had a 0.3 percentage better score on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services core measures ranking, one-half to one day lower average length of hospital stay and $1,200 to $6,100 less total costs per patient case.

The report’s authors said that if all cardiovascular providers performed as well as the winning hospitals did with treating Medicare patients, nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved, nearly 3,500 more heart attacks could be complication-free and more than $1.3 billion could be saved.

They added that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the U.S. and account for approximately one in four deaths. They also mentioned one-sixth of healthcare spending in the U.S. is attributed to heart disease, which is the leading cause of hospital admissions.

Truven publishes an annual list of the top 100 hospitals and top 15 health systems in the U.S., but the cardiovascular service line is the only specialty list it publishes because inpatient public administrative data is limited.

“Only the cardiovascular service line has consistently had both the inpatient volume and supplemental clinical process metrics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare initiative to support the publication of scorecard-based benchmarks for a service line,” the authors wrote. “And with each annual 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, the results improve — as the transparency and depth of inpatient and continuum-of-care data grow and evolve.”

The top 50 cardiovascular hospitals were broken down into the following categories and listed in alphabetical order:

Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs

  • Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital (Sayre, Pennsylvania)
  • Kettering Medical Center
(Kettering, Ohio)
  • Lankenau Medical Center (Wynnewood, Pennsylvania)
  • Mayo Clinic - Saint Marys Hospital (Rochester, Minnesota)
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee, Illinois)
  • Sanford USD Medical Center (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
  • Scripps Green Hospital
(La Jolla, California)
  • Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • The Christ Hospital Health Network (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Tufts Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics  (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee)

Teaching Hospitals without Cardiovascular Residency Programs

  • Abrazo Central Campus (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Aspirus Wausau Hospital (Wausau, Hawaii)
  • Aultman Hospital (Canton, Ohio)
  • Decatur Memorial Hospital (Decatur, Illinois)
  • Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage, California)
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals (Clinton Township, Michigan)
  • Huntsville Hospital (Huntsville, Alabama)
  • MacNeal Hospital (Berwyn, Illinois)
  • Memorial Hermann Hospital System (Houston, Texas)
  • Memorial Regional Hospital (Hollywood, Florida)
  • Mercy Hospital St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri)
  • Mission Hospital
 (Asheville, North Carolina)
  • Morton Plant Hospital (Clearwater, Florida)
  • Sacred Heart Hospital (Pensacola, Florida)
  • Saint Thomas West Hospital (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
  • St. Luke's Boise Medical Center (Boise, Idaho)
  • St. Luke’s Hospital (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
  • Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento, California)

Community Hospitals

  • Banner Heart Hospital (Mesa, Arizona)
  • Bellin Hospital (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
  • Edward Hospital (Naperville, Illinois)
  • FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (Pinehurst, North Carolina)
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, California)
  • HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Lovelace Medical Center (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
  • Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital (Lincoln, Nebraska)
  • Oklahoma Heart Hospital (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center
 (Bloomington, Illinois)
  • Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills, California)
  • Salem Hospital
 (Salem, Oregon)
  • Southcoast Hospitals Group (Fall River, Massachusetts)
  • St. David's Medical Center (Austin, Texas)
  • St. Patrick Hospital (Missoula, Montana)