October 20, 2020

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Among Nation's Best in Cardiac Surgery

Brighton, MA  – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery according to new research released by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems. 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 16 states.

The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery have demonstrated exceptional quality of care. From 2017-2019, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award have, on average a 54.4% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.”

“With a focus on innovation and the widest range of minimally invasive surgeries in New England, alongside robotic-assisted procedures and conventional options, we provide all the options to help our patients achieve better outcomes while better reducing post-operative pain and recovery time,” said Arvind Agnihotri, MD, chief of cardiac surgery at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. “Our entire team is dedicated to giving our patients seamless care and a positive outcome.”

“We are proud to uphold this outstanding recognition for the fourth year in a row that reinforces the strength of our cardiac surgery program and the quality of care that is delivered to our patients,” said Joseph Carrozza, MD, chief of cardiovascular medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. “Our integrated team, including cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, nurses, and support staff, are the key to delivering the exceptional care for our patients day in and day out.”

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

  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery for 4 Years in a Row (2018-2021)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment in 2021
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis in 2021

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 16 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). View the full list of Specialty Excellence AwardTM recipients here. The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at

* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018.