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Scripps Green Named Among Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in U.S.

Annual list by Truven Health Analytics recognizes best heart care programs

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Scripps Green Hospital has been named one of the 50 top cardiovascular hospitals in the United States by Truven Health Analytics for the seventh time.

The 2016 study of heart care centers across the country, now in its 17th year, reviewed more than 1,000 hospitals that provide medical and surgical treatment for heart disease. The top hospitals scored highest in key performance areas that included risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures accessing process of care, percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.

Scripps Green, the only hospital in San Diego County recognized by Truven, also was listed among the top 15 teaching hospitals in the nation with cardiovascular residency programs.

“We are honored to receive this recognition highlighting the innovative care, expansive scope of services and unparalleled commitment to quality found at Scripps,” saidPaul Teirstein, MD, Scripps Clinic chief of cardiology and director of interventional cardiology, and medical director of the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute. “This reflects the collaborative spirit and dedication of all of our physicians and staff members.”

More heart program accolades

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals listing comes on the heels of Scripps Health being recognized for having one of the best heart care programs in the nation by Becker’s Hospital Review. In recognizing Scripps, editors of the publication’s annual “100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs” list noted the recent opening of Prebys Cardiovascular Institute on the campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute combines highly respected cardiovascular programs from throughout the Scripps system and Kaiser Permanente. For more than 30 years Kaiser Permanente cardiologists have partnered with Scripps cardiovascular surgeons to care for Kaiser Permanente heart patients.

Ranked No. 1 for heart care in San Diego County, Scripps performs more heart procedures than any other heart care program in California, caring for more than 76,000 cardiovascular patients every year.

Top hospitals saved lives, money

The Truven study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. To determine the 50 top hospitals for heart care, Truven researchers analyzed 2013 and 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, 2014 Medicare cost reports and second-quarter 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare data.

If all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of the 2016 winners:

  • 8,000 additional lived could have been saved.
  • 3,500 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could have been complication-free.
  • About $1.3 billion could have been saved.

The top cardiovascular hospitals also had:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival.
  • Fewer patients with complications.
  • Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure patients.
  • Lower readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction and heart failure patients.
  • One-half to one day lower average lengths of stay.
  • $1,200 to $6,100 lower cost per patient.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, killing about 610,000 each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Every year, about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.

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