Thomson Reuters' Top 50 cardiac hospitals deliver safe, cost-effective care

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The Thomson Reuters top 50 U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services have fewer deaths, shorter lengths of stay and lower costs per case, according to the firm's latest ranking.

Thomson Reuters evaluated 1,022 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for heart failure (HF) and MI patients, in addition to patients who underwent CABG and PCI procedures at specialty, short-term, acute care and non-federal U.S. hospitals.

Thomson Reuters said that all hospitals have improved care in the last several years, reaching benchmarks of 96 percent patient survival and 93 percent of patients remaining complication-free. The top 50 hospitals surpassed even these high standards.

“These hospitals have raised the bar significantly," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals program at Thomson Reuters. "They deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions and lower costs, which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve."

In addition, the winners had 33 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery and had fewer patients who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge. The top ranked hospitals also had shorter length of stays and lower costs—$1,300 less per case.

The company used 2008 and 2009 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hospital compare data to score hospitals in key performance areas including: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures, percentage of bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, length of stay and hospital costs.

The 50 top cardiovascular hospitals are listed below:

Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs
Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix
Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Fla.
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital in Indianapolis
University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.
Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans
Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
Providence Hospital and Medical Center in Southfield, Mich.
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Mich.
St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Mich.
Mayo Clinic-Saint Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y.
Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.
Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.
University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.

Teaching Hospitals without Cardiovascular Residency Programs
Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, Calif.
Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver
JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla.
Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla.
St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho
Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho
Genesis Medical Center East in Davenport, Iowa
Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Mich.
Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich.
Park Nicolett Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn.
Ellis Hospital  in Schenectady, N.Y.
Mount Carmel in Columbus, Ohio
Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio
St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio
Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla.
Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.
Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Centra Health in Lynchburg, Va.
St. Mary's Hospital  in Richmond, Va.

Community Hospitals
Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.
Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, Fla.
Venice Regional Medical Center in Venice, Fla.
Delray Medical Center in  Delray Beach, Fla.
Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.
Saint Joseph-London in London, Ky.
Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky.
High Point Regional Health System in High Point, N.C.
Mercy Hospital Fairfield in Fairfield, Ohio
Williamsport Regional Medical Center in  Williamsport, Pa.
Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George, Utah
Memorial Regional Medical Center in  Mechanicsville, Va.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis.