The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is an annual, objective, quantitative study that identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular care, based on publicly available data and a balanced look at patient outcomes, operational efficiencies, and financial metrics.
2016 Award Winners Announced Nov. 9, 2015
Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, our award winners provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for this high-profile service line.
The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is a part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals program. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their honor.
As always, our latest study provides key industry insights, including the fact that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year's winners (when compared to a peer group):
- Nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved
- Nearly 3,500 more heart patients could be complication-free
- More than $1.3 billion could be saved
We based this analysis on Medicare patients; if the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.
Specifically, the 2016 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals had:
- Significantly higher inpatient survival than nonwinning cardiovascular hospitals (20 to 33 percent higher)
- Fewer patients with complications (8 to 11 percent fewer)
- Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF) patients (0.6 to 0.7 percentage points higher)
- Lower readmissions rates for AMI and HF patients (1.05 percentage points lower)
- Better Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Core Measures scores (0.3 percentage points higher)
- One-half to 1 day lower average lengths of stay
- $1,200 to $6,100 less in total costs per patient case; the median benchmark hospital spent approximately $6,100 less per bypass surgery patient and more than $1,200 less per admitted heart failure patient
Our 2017 Cardiovascular study release is planned for Nov. 7, 2016.