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St. Luke's Ranks in Nation's Top 50 for Cardiovascular Care

By Ken Dey, News and Community
November 21, 2011

 BOISE, ID, Nov. 21, 2011 – For the second consecutive year, St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers were named in the Top 50 for cardiovascular care by Thomson Reuters.

To compile the list of winners, Thomson Reuters analyzed outcomes of patients during 2009 and 2010 who experienced heart failure and heart attacks and those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties, at more than 1,000 hospitals.

This is the 6th time St. Luke’s received the recognition. In previous years it was the Top 100, but for the last two years Thomson Reuters chose to single out just 50 hospitals. St. Luke’s is the only Idaho hospital to be named to this year’s list.

“With heart disease remaining the leading cause of death in the United States,   St. Luke’s is committed to providing our community access to a level of heart care that continues to exceed their expectations,” said Chris Roth, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley CEO. “Achieving national recognition is a credit to our highly skilled and dedicated physicians, caregivers, and staff who go above and beyond to deliver outcomes that are among the best in the nation.”

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals program at Thomson Reuters. “The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the health care system is steeped in volatility.”

Thomson Reuters found that 97 percent of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals survive and approximately 96 percent remain complication-free, reflecting improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past year. The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (23 percent fewer deaths than non-Top 50 hospitals for bypass surgery patients).
  • Lower complications indices (40 percent lower rate of heart failure complications).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs. Top hospitals discharge bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spend $4,200 less per bypass case.
  • Increased use of internal mammary artery (IMA) for coronary artery bypass surgeries. Top hospitals have increased their use of this recommended procedure from 88 to 96 percent.
Thomson Reuters evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, and non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Thomson Reuters researchers analyzed 2009 and 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance 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.

St. Luke’s has a long history of providing cardiovascular care. In 1968, Dr. Rodney Herr performed Idaho’s first open-heart surgery at St. Luke’s. Today, St. Luke has collaborative relationships with the region’s top cardiologists, and cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons, under the umbrella of St. Luke’s Heart. St. Luke’s Heart performs more cardiovascular procedures than any other Idaho hospital, and consistently ranks well above the national averages in cardiovascular performance measures.

About St. Luke's Health System

St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian Medical Centers are part of St. Luke’s Health System –Idaho’s largest and only locally controlled health care system, employing more than 9,500 people. With hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall and Jerome, St. Luke’s provides patients with unmatched care in specialized medical fields including cancer, heart and vascular, obstetrics, women’s services and children’s health care. To find out more visit

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About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.

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St. Luke's Boise Medical Center
190 E. Bannock St.
Boise, ID 83712
(208) 381-2222