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Published on November 06, 2013

St. Mary’s Hospital Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

St. Mary’s is the Only Hospital in Wisconsin to Be Recognized with this Award

Madison, WI – (November 6, 2013) - This week, St. Mary’s Hospital was 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. The study is celebrating its 15th year and has been conducted annually since 1999.

“St. Mary’s is proud to deliver exceptional patient care that is nationally recognized as high quality and cost competitive,” says Craig Sommers, St. Mary’s Vice President of Cardiac Services. “It takes a team effort to achieve such outstanding results and I want to thank all of our physicians and staff for the care they provide to our patients."

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 to determine award winners. Hospitals receiving the award did not apply nor did they have to pay money to promote it.

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," says 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.”  

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

In addition, 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have significantly better 30 day survival rates, have lower readmission rates for heart attack and heart failure patients and release bypass patients nearly a day sooner than their peers.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit

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For more information or to arrange an interview with one of our Dean providers or staff, contact Dean Health Plan Communications Manager Mary Carr Lee at or (608) 824-6953.


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