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Published on August 24, 2015

U.S. News & World Report Names Saint Mary’s Hospital Among Nation’s High Performing Hospitals in Heart Failure

Washington DC – July 21, 2015 – Saint Mary’s Hospital has been rated high performing in Heart Failure in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. The ratings evaluate more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition from U.S. News & World Report, which is further evidence of our commitment to providing the highest quality care for  our patients,” said Chad W. Wable, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Mary’s Health System. “Saint Mary’s has consistently been recognized for cardiac quality by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the Joint Commission and others. We are celebrating 10 years of excellence in advanced cardiac procedures, including angioplasty and open heart surgery, and we are continuing to expand our services to include a new Heart Rhythm Program with the goal of making high-quality care more convenient and accessible for our patients.”

U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions – heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – and rated them high performers, average or below average. Only about 10 percent of the hospitals were rated as high performers.

“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”

U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions, and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Dr Foster, an international health care analytics company with expertise on claims-based risk adjustment, collaborated with U.S. News on the Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings methodology.

The ratings are freely available at


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