St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Named America’s 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery for a Third Year in a Row

Brighton, MA – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for the third year in a row according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

The achievement is part of findings released today in the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates the importance of hospital quality to both hospital leaders and consumers. For example, from 2016-2018, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award have, on average a 55.8% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“As consumers navigate their health, it is important to consider a number of factors, including hospital quality, before deciding where to access care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “Healthgrades’ America’s 50 Best Hospitals for St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center recognizes those hospitals that have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes over time and we applaud their efforts and achievement.”

“St. Elizabeth’s is very proud of this Healthgrades designation and earned recognition that validates the excellence of our cardiac surgery program,” said Harrison Bane, president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. “Our surgeons and support staff are focused on delivering exceptional patient care and maintaining the highest standards for patient experience.”

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 3 Years in a Row (2018-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism for 2 Years in a Row (2019-2020)

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.

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