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Published on August 02, 2016

U.S. News & World Report Rates Saint Mary’s Hospital "High Performing" in Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Washington DC – August 2, 2016 – Saint Mary’s Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a high performing hospital for 2016-17 in Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

“This is the second consecutive year that Saint Mary’s Hospital has achieved the highest rating possible for heart failure from U.S. News & World Report, and we are pleased to also be recognized this year as high performing in COPD,” said Chad W. Wable, FACHE, President of Saint Mary’s Hospital. “These awards highlight our commitment to providing the highest quality care for all of our patients, and in particular our leadership in the area of cardiac services. We not only have an exceptional team of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons, we are investing in the newest technology and expanding our services to provide care when and where our patients need us most.”

For example, Saint Mary’s is the only hospital in Greater Waterbury providing electrophysiology studies and ablation therapy for treatment of arrhythmias and other heart rhythm disturbances through its Heart Rhythm Program, and this month Saint Mary’s is opening a newly renovated, state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

Saint Mary’s has consistently been recognized for outstanding cardiac quality by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the Joint Commission, the Women’s Choice Award and other organizations. This summer, Saint Mary’s Hospital received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry–Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2016. This is the third consecutive year that Saint Mary’s has received the ACTION Registry award for outstanding care of heart attack patients.

As Connecticut’s first ACC Patient Navigator Hospital, Saint Mary's is working to reduce readmissions for heart attack and heart failure and improve overall patient care. Saint Mary’s was among the first in the nation to offer CardioMEMS remote cardiac monitoring to reduce readmissions and improve quality of life for heart failure patients. Dr. Paul Kelly, the hospital’s Chief of Cardiology and Medical Director of Cardiac Services, has been recognized for his leadership in establishing the PUMP Club, which provides additional support to certain patients with heart failure.

“U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more.

For 2016-17, 153 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, while 1,628 received a high performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that were high-performing across multiple areas of care.

Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for pre-sale August 1. For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Hospital is a Catholic, not-for-profit, acute care, community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury since 1909 and is now a member of Trinity Health – New England. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The hospital’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Cheshire, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit for more information and follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT, Instagram and Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

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