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VUMC named among top U.S. heart hospitals

Nov. 17, 2016, 9:06 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named one of the nation’s top cardiovascular hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

VUMC was also named among the top 15 teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs.

The top 50 hospitals saw lower readmission rates, higher inpatient survival rates, fewer complications, and shorter length of stay as well as spent on average of less than $6,100 less per bypass surgery and more than $1,200 less per heart failure patient admitted than their peers.

Truven Health Analytics’ study, now in its 17th year, used 21 performance measuring covering clinical outcomes, processes, extended outcomes and efficiency to identify the 50 highest performing cardiovascular services in the U.S.

Based on the results of this year’s study, if all cardiovascular providers in the country performed at the level of this year’s winners (based on Medicare patients only) it would amount to:

• 8,000 additional lives saved
• $1.3 billion saved
• 3,500 additional complication-free bypass and angioplasty procedures

“The nation’s most successful hospitals know that strategic alignment of quality, costs, and the patient experience is critical to delivering top-quality care,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement at Truven. “We’re proud to recognize their diligent efforts.”

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