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Sutter Medical Center Named One of Nation’s Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Cardiac Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for the second year in a row by Truven Health Analytics, a leading, unbiased provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the only hospital in the greater Sacramento region to be honored; the only other Northern California hospital to be listed in the Top 50 is in Mountain View.

The 2014 awards singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes, and these outcomes in turn saved money. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals spent roughly $2,000 less per bypass surgery and about $1,000 less per heart attack patient admitted. The winners were also quicker to release their patients: a half day better than their peers for heart attack, heart failure and angioplasty cases, and a full day sooner for bypass patients.

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners, more than:
• 8,600 additional lives could be saved.
• $1 billion could be saved.
• 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.

Truven Health Analytics is the same organization that named Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals earlier this year.

“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.”

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. 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.

The winning hospitals were announced in this week’s edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“When it comes to complex heart and vascular procedures and the latest technologies to save and lengthen patients’ lives, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento is the leader in the region,” said Carrie Owen Plietz, CEO of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. “Being recognized again as one of the top cardiac-care centers in the United States is a great honor and validates the excellent, life-saving work our physicians and staff do.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s cardiovascular services are part of the Sacramento Sierra Region’s Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute and have the only heart transplant program in Northern California outside the Bay Area. The advanced heart treatments at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento include ventricular assist devices – mechanical heart pumps that keep patients in cardiac failure alive – and transcatheter aortic valve replacement, which replaces a damaged aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery. In 2012, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento became just the second cardiac center in the nation to receive full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

The Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute is headquartered at Sutter Memorial Hospital, where many of the Sacramento region’s firsts in cardiac care were performed, including the first open-heart surgery, the first pediatric heart surgery and the first heart valve surgery. In fall 2014, the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute will move into its new home on the midtown campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. For more information on the medical center, go to

For a complete list of hospitals and more information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research, go to For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit

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