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Tufts Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

11/09/2015

BOSTON (November 9) – Tufts Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.TM 

The study, now in its 17th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in this critical area of hospital care. The rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years. 

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures performance in 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. The study has been conducted annually since 1999. 

“We are extremely proud and honored to receive this prestigious recognition,” said Marvin Konstam, MD, Chief Physician Executive of the Tufts Medical Center CardioVascular Center. “Our care team is deeply committed to constantly challenging themselves to raise the bar and set new standards for excellence in patient care, research and education. This award validates the success of our efforts.” 

The CardioVascular Center (CVC) at Tufts Medical Center offers some of the nation’s top programs in Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Arrhythmia, Preventive Cardiology and Women’s Heart Care. Selected as a “Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care,” the CVC has the largest advanced heart failure program in New England, performed more heart transplants than any other hospital in Boston over the past five years and was the first department of its kind in New England to surgically implant the HeartWare® Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) in patients. The CVC has long been on the leading edge of groundbreaking clinical and basic science research, which has resulted in major advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

For the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2013 and 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, 2014 Medicare cost reports, and 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. 

The winning hospitals were announced in the Nov. 9, 2015, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. 

The study, and subsequent analysis of the positive variances these leading cardiovascular service hospitals show, indicate an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated. In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners: 

  • Nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 3,500 more heart patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.3 billion could be saved 

More information on this study is available at http://100tophospitals.com/studies-winners/50-top-cardiovascular

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About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children 

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org

About the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program 

Since 1993, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply for this honor, and winners do not pay to promote their award. 

Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for through clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics. For more information, please visit 100tophospitals.com.

Media Contacts: 

Jeremy Lechan
Tufts Medical Center
617-636-0104
jlechan@tuftsmedicalcenter.org                     

Brian Erni
Truven Health Analytics
631-584-2200