St. Marks Hospital Named one of the Nation’s Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters

St. Mark’s Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters. Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, the winners of this award have proven to provide top-notch care and set new standards for the healthcare industry.

The nationwide study conducted by Thomson Reuters examined the performance of hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

This is ninth time St. Mark’s Hospital has been recognized with this honor. “Being recognized among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in America is a tremendous achievement and honor for St. Mark’s Hospital,” said Steve Bateman, St. Mark’s chief executive officer. “Our aim is to be Utah’s finest hospital, and this award is evidence of our progress in that direction. St. Mark’s is blessed with superbly skilled cardiovascular physicians, nurses, and other staff who made this award possible.”

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters. “The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the healthcare system is steeped in volatility.”

The study shows that 97 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and approximately 96 percent remain complication-free, reflecting improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past year. The 50 Top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (23 percent fewer deaths that non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients)
  • Low complications indices (40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications)
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs (Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass than non-winners)
  • Increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries (Top hospitals have increased their use of this recommended procedure from 88 to 96 percent)

Through comparison, the study also found that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners, nearly 7,700 additional lives could be saved, approximately 6,500 additional patients could be complication-free, and more than $1 billion could be saved. These numbers are based on Medicare patients – if the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.

St. Mark’s Hospital has a long-standing tradition of providing high-quality and compassionate care to its patients, evidenced in their dedication to serving the Salt Lake City community since 1872.

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