St. Mark's Hospital
January 01, 2012

Salt Lake City, UT – St. Mark’s Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters. It is the only hospital in Utah, and among only twenty nationwide, to achieve this prestigious recognition in the teaching hospitals without a cardiovascular residency program category.

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

Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, award winners 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.

“The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals® program at Thomson Reuters.

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 than 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)

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals on 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, and wage– and severity–adjusted average cost.

This is the ninth time that St. Mark's Hospital has been recognized with this honor. This year’s winners were announced November 14 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

About St. Mark’s Hospital

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.

Currently, this hospital is ranked in the top five in the state for cardiac surgery, and pulmonary care, as well as #2 for spinal surgery by HealthGrades, a national healthcare rating organization. While delivering a comprehensive range of patient services, this MountainStar hospital specializes in cardiovascular and stroke care as well as maternity and orthopedic care including joint replacement.

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