AUSTIN, Texas—On Oct. 1, 2012, St. David’s Medical Center, which includes Heart Hospital of Austin, was named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).
St. David’s Medical Center, including Heart Hospital of Austin, is the only Texas hospital to be recognized with the designation this year. Prior to being consolidated under St. David’s Medical Center, Heart Hospital of Austin was recognized with this honor six times.
“We are pleased to be recognized by Truven Health Analytics for this distinction,” David Huffstutler, chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “St. David's HealthCare has always been dedicated to the highest quality heart and vascular services. This recognition further underscores our commitment to providing excellent cardiovascular care.”
Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals is an annual, quantitative study that uses objective methodology and independent public data to identify the top cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. The public data come from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) dataset, the Medicare Cost Report and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare dataset. The annual study evaluates hospitals on measures of clinical outcomes, clinical processes, extended outcomes and operational efficiency. It compares hospitals with other facilities similar in size and teaching status.
The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. It examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks, and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions. They scored hospitals in the following 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
- Wage- and severity-adjusted average cost
The study shows that 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and 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 (41 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery patients)
- Lower complications indices (35 percent lower rate of heart failure complications)
- Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days
- Shorter hospital visits and lower costs (Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $3,500 less per bypass case than non-winners.)
According to the organization, if all cardiovascular providers performed at the same level as this year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals award winners (based on analysis of Medicare inpatients over one year):
- Nearly 8,600 additional lives could be saved
- More than $1 billion could be saved.
Truven Health and Modern Healthcare magazine announced this year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals winners on October 1. A complete list of the 2013 winners and more information on the award and the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals research can be found at: http://100tophospitals.com/top-cardio-hospitals/
St. David’s Medical Center
St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full-service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations—St. David’s Medical Center, located at 919 East 32nd Street in Austin; Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Blvd.; and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, located in Georgetown at 2000 Scenic Drive. The three campuses offer a full range of medical specialties, as well as many other innovative healthcare services.
St. David’s Medical Center in central Austin includes a 350-bed acute care hospital and a freestanding, 64-bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David’s Medical Center provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal fetal medicine, a high-risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, The Breast Center, and a fertility center; is home to the internationally acclaimed Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute; NeuroTexas Institute (including the TIA Center for Stroke Prevention and designation as a Primary Stroke Center); complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24-hour emergency department.
Thomson Reuters named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In June 2012, the hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, Heart Hospital of Austin is a shared vision of local cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons. Working with hospital leadership, the physicians created an atmosphere of quality, resulting in the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades®—a leading independent health ratings organization. In July 2009, a study funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that Heart Hospital of Austin was the leading hospital in the United States for treatment of a heart attack. Heart Hospital of Austin has also been named a top cardiovascular hospital in the nation by Thomson Reuters for six years, most recently being named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2011. In addition to providing a full range of cardiovascular services and an advanced Executive Wellness Program, Heart Hospital of Austin has a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department. Heart Hospital of Austin is a St. David’s Medical Center facility. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.