Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital

St. Luke's University Health Network Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for Sixth Time by Truven Health Analytics

St. Luke's Named one of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by TruvenSt. Luke's University Health Network once again has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Truven Health Analytics (formerly known as Thomson Reuters) is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key 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
  • Wage- and severity-adjusted average cost

The study is celebrating its 14th year and has been conducted annually since 1999.

This is the sixth time St. Luke's has achieved the impressive status of being among the elite best cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. Previous award years include 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2012. Prior to 2012, the award recognized 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals.

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.

There are 25 data measures in total with 1,004 eligible hospitals include in the study.

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

  • 8,600 additional lives could be saved
  • $1 billion could be saved
  • 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com. For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit truvenhealth.com.