October 27, 2021

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Names America’s 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery for Fifth Consecutive Year

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 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.*
The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery have demonstrated exceptional quality of care. From 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America's 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award have, on average a 52.8% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.* 
“Consumers can feel confident in the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes. The recognition helps provide peace of mind when selecting a place for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Head of Data Science at Healthgrades.
“This outstanding recognition of the quality of our cardiovascular service is a testament to the incredible program and team that we have built under our cardiac surgery team – Dr. Arvind Agnihotri, Dr. Stanley Tam, Dr. Divakar Mandapati and Dr. Ara Ketchedjian – working collaboratively with Dr. Joseph Carrozza, our Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine. The unparalleled quality of care that our cardiovascular team provides to patients is evident from the moment a patient comes in our doors through the moment they are discharged,” said Jim Terwilliger, President, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. “As a hospital, we are committed to reflecting that quality of care in the patients’ experience while they are here and have invested in state of the art facilities such as a new cardiac cath lab, a hybrid OR for vascular surgeries, a post-operative ICU and med/surg step down unit.”
St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:
•    Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery (2022)
•    Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 5 Years in a Row (2018-2022)
•    Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)
•    Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Sepsis for 2 Years in a Row (2021-2022)

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 31 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).  


About St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, a Boston University Teaching Hospital, offers patients access to some of Boston's most respected physicians and advanced treatments for a full-range of medical specialties, including family medicine, cardiovascular care, women and infants' health, cancer care, neurology care, and orthopedics. The 308-bed tertiary care facility is part of Steward Health Care.  
* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 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 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. To view the complete methodology, please visit: