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

St. Luke's Boise and Meridian Medical Centers were recently recognized as one of the nation's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals.
By Ken Dey, Notes and Announcements
November 18, 2013

BOISE, Idaho – For the fourth consecutive year, St. Luke’s Boise and Meridian medical centers were named a Top 50 program for cardiovascular care by Truven Health Analytics™.

This is the 8th time St. Luke’s received the recognition. In previous years it was the Top 100, but for the last three years Truven Health chose to single out just 50 hospitals. St. Luke’s is the only Idaho hospital to be named to this year’s list.

"Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death in our country,” said Chris Roth, St. Luke’s Treasure Valley CEO. “At St. Luke’s we have a long history of delivering cutting-edge heart care to the region. This recognition is a reflection on our dedicated and highly skilled caregivers, who continue to take care forward by delivering care that sets the standard for cardiac care across the nation.”

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.

As an example of St. Luke’s Heart leading the nation, the average time it takes for St. Luke’s cardiologists to open a narrowed or blocked coronary artery in the treatment of a heart attack is 48 minutes, nearly half the time of the national standard of 90 minutes.

Cardiovascular and heart care at St. Luke’s goes back more than four decades. 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.

St. Luke’s Heart also offers the region’s only cardiovascular rehabilitation program, which has significantly improved the outcomes of heart patients and reduced the number of readmissions.  Watch this video to find out more.

In addition, St. Luke’s Heart is home to a Heart Failure Clinic that manages the care of complex patients.

In the first year of the clinic, hospital readmissions were reduced by 7 percent.  The clinic was developed under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Chai, with St. Luke’s Idaho Cardiology. Chai is the only Idaho cardiologist board-certified in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology.

Last year, St. Luke’s Heart also became the first hospital in Idaho and the region to offer the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement or TAVR procedure. TAVR gives an option for patients who need a valve replaced, but are not a candidate for open heart surgery. Watch this video to find out how the procedure is giving patients a new lease on life.

To compile the list of the Top 50 cardiovascular programs, 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.

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," said 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 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals winners:

  • 8,600 additional lives could be saved
  • $1 billion could be saved
  • 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free
More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at  For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit

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 11,000 people. With hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall, Jerome and Mountain Home, 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

About Truven Health Analytics

Truven Health Analytics, formerly the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters, delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies have relied on us for more than 30 years. We combine our deep clinical, financial, and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make health care better by collaborating with our customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes. With more than 2,000 employees globally, we have major offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. Advantage Suite, Micromedex, ActionOI, MarketScan®, and 100 Top Hospitals are registered trademarks or trademarks of Truven Health Analytics.  For more information, please visit

About The Author

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

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