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Sutter Medical Center Named a Top Cardiac Hospital in Nation

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SACRAMENTO — Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which is the only heart transplant center in the region, was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2016 by Truven Health Analytics. Sutter Medical Center is the only hospital in Northern California to receive the award, which is based on an objective, quantitative study that identifies the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular care.

Basic RGBSelected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, the Top 50 award winners provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for this high-profile service line, Truven says. The annual Truven study is based on publicly available data and a balanced look at patient outcomes, operational efficiencies and financial metrics. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals program. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their honor. Sutter Medical Center has also been named a 100 Top Hospital for the past three years.

The 50 Top study provides key industry insights, including the fact that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners:
• Nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved.
• Nearly 3,500 more heart patients could be complication-free.
• More than $1.3 billion could be saved.

That analysis was based only on Medicare patients; if the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater, Truven said.

Specifically, the 2016 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals had:

• Significantly higher inpatient survival than non-winning cardiovascular hospitals (20 to 33 percent higher).
• Fewer patients with complications (8 to 11 percent fewer).
• Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF) patients (0.6 to 0.7 percentage points higher).
• Lower readmissions rates for AMI and HF patients (1.05 percentage points lower).
• Better Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Core Measures scores (0.3 percentage points higher).
• One-half to one day lower average lengths of stay.
• $1,200 to $6,100 less in total costs per patient case; the median benchmark hospital spent approximately $6,100 less per bypass surgery patient and more than $1,200 less per admitted heart failure patient.

David Roberts, M.D., the medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, says the award is representative not only of the expertise, quality and advanced treatments offered at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, but also of a team approach instituted at the Sacramento hospital.

“A patient undergoing a complicated heart procedure usually sees a blur of physicians and other clinicians, including the cardiac surgeon, interventional cardiologist, anesthesiologist, nurse practitioner, nurses and physician assistant,” he said. “To be successful and deliver the best care really requires every one of those pieces to be working together. It’s got to be patient-centric.”

Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento provides the most comprehensive cardiac services in the Sacramento area and is the only heart transplant center in Northern California outside of the Bay Area. Recently, the program reached two milestones: the 200th implant of ventricular assist devices – mechanical heart pumps that keep patients in cardiac failure alive – and the 200th transcatheter aortic valve replacement, which replaces a damaged aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento also was 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 Medical Center, Sacramento, 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. This year, the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute moved from Sutter Memorial Hospital into its new home on the midtown campus of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. For more information on the Sutter’s heart services, visit

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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