For Immediate Release

Truven Health Analytics Highlights Organizations Leading the Industry in Cardiovascular Service Offerings in its 2015 Annual Report

Winners from the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Boast Significantly Higher Inpatient Survival Rates (19-30 percent higher) and Lower Readmission Rates (.4 to .9 percent lower) than Peers; and Save as Much as $4,000 per Bypass Patient

Ann Arbor, MI, Nov. 10, 2014 — Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leader in applying data and analytics to better understand and solve challenges faced by healthcare providers and payers, today released its annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services in its 2015 report.

The cardiovascular study, now in its 16th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in this critical area of hospital care. As is the case with the 100 Top Hospitals® study, published annually by Truven Health, the rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years. These processes are widely regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as in evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

“The study shows that 39 of the 50 hospitals in the 2015 study, 78% of the winners, are facilities within a larger health system, " said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics. "This indicates that the overall aptitude of hospitals to improve care deliverables increases when they work as a coordinated team to implement well established, proven and integrated best practices from one facility to the next. Again, as we find in the 100 Top Hospitals study, this also infers a significant correlation between hospital leadership and their organization’s outcome and quality achievements.”

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals spent roughly $4, 000 less per bypass surgery – a $2, 000 improvement from last year’s winners – and about $1, 400 less per heart attack patient admitted – a $400 improvement from a year ago. The winners were also quicker to release their patients: a full day better than their peers for bypass patients, and a half day sooner for heart attack, heart failure, and angioplasty cases.

The study and subsequent analysis of the positive variances these leading cardiovascular service hospitals show indicate an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated. In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners, results industry-wide could amount to:

  • 9, 500 additional lives saved
  • $1 billion saved
  • 3, 000 additional complication-free bypass and angioplasty patients
The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2012 and 2013 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, 2013 Medicare cost reports and 2014 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

Baylor Scott & White Hospital – Temple, TX Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, MA Broward Health Medical Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL Emory University Hospital Midtown -- Atlanta, GA Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital – Sayre, PA Kettering Medical Center – Kettering, OH Lankenau Medical Center – Wynnewood, PA May Clinic - Saint Marys Hospital – Rochester, MN May Clinic Hospital – Phoenix, AZ Miami Valley Hospital – Dayton, OH Mount Sinai Medical Center – Miami Beach, FL Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center – Camden, NJ Riverside Medical Center – Kankakee, IL Scripps Green Hospital – La Jolla, CA The Christ Hospital Health Network – Cincinnati, OH

Teaching Hospitals Without Cardiovascular Residency Programs

Banner Boswell Medical Center – Sun City, AZ Decatur Memorial Hospital – Decatur, IL Genesis Medical Center – Davenport, IA JFK Medical Center – Atlantis, FL MacNeal Hospital – Berwyn, IL Memorial Regional Hospital – Hollywood, FL Mission Hospital – Asheville, NC Mount Auburn Hospital – Cambridge, MA Phoenix Baptist Hospital – Phoenix, AZ Saint Thomas West Hospital – Nashville, TN St. Cloud Hospital – St. Cloud, MN St. Elizabeth's Hospital – Belleville, IL St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center – Phoenix, AZ St. Luke's Boise Medical Center – Boise, ID St. Luke's Hospital – Cedar Rapids, IA St. Mark's Hospital – Salt Lake City, UT St. Vincent Healthcare – Billings, MT Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento – Sacramento, CA Tucson Medical Center – Tucson, AZ Virginia Hospital Center – Arlington, VA

Community Hospitals

Aurora BayCare Medical Center – Green Bay, WI Catholic Medical Center – Manchester, NH Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute – Fort Pierce, FL Mercy Hospital – Coon Rapids, MN Mercy Hospital Anderson – Cincinnati, OH Northwest Medical Center – Margate, FL Oklahoma Heart Hospital – Oklahoma City, OK Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center – Torrance, CA Salem Hospital – Salem, OR Shasta Regional Medical Center – Redding, CA St. David's Medical Center – Austin, TX St. Patrick Hospital – Missoula, MT Stormont-Vail HealthCare – Topeka, KS Venice Regional Bayfront Health – Venice, FL

About the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Report and the 100 Top Hospitals Program

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is available at It is published once a year in November. Hospitals may also request customized benchmark reports and comparative analysis on the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by contacting (616) 248-4645, or visiting

The 100 Top Hospitals program was initiated in 1993. It uses 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. The 100 Top Hospitals report is published annually in March and is available at The 100 Top Hospitals report can be acquired in combination with the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals report and may also be customized to reflect a hospital’s specific, criteria by criteria measurement as compared to 100 Top Hospitals annual winners.

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Brian Erni
For Truven Health Analytics
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