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St. Elizabeth’s Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

BELLEVILLE, IL – St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, home of the Prairie Heart Institute, has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

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, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost. This is the second time St. Elizabeth’s has been recognized with this honor and the third consecutive year. 

“Being named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country proves our ongoing commitment to providing high-quality care that leads the region,” said Maryann Reese, RN, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “The fact that we’ve been recognized two years in a row shows we have excellent care close and convenient for our community, especially when time is of the essence for heart care.”

St. Elizabeth’s has been leading the way in cardiac care since it became the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in the St. Louis metropolitan area and only 70th nationwide in 2004. Since then, the hospital has received ongoing re-accreditation and currently holds Cycle III with full Purcutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) accreditation. The hospital also partners with nationally recognized Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois (PHII), a community-based network of hospitals and clinics offering the highest level of cardiovascular care. By working together, the hospital and PHII are able to develop and implement unique clinical and training programs for physicians and staff, educate patients on the importance of cardiac health while applying the newest procedures to save lives.

“We are proud that our physicians, clinicians and staff who care for our heart patients are being recognized as the best in the country,” Reese noted.
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. The winning hospitals were announced in the November 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the healthcare system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Their success is a testament to the strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.”  

According to Truven, 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.

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