For Immediate Release
November 17, 2015


Contact: Christa Martin, 256-386-4107
christa.martin@helenkeller.com



Huntsville Hospital Named One of the Nation's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics



Huntsville, AL -Huntsville Hospital has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.TM The winning hospitals were recently announced in Modern Healthcare magazine.

Truven Health's study, now in its 17th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in the critical area of hospital care. As is the case with the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study, the rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures performance in key areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures, 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.

David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital Health System, said, "Our inclusion in Truven Health's Top 50 hospitals for cardiovascular care is one of the most significant recognitions that Huntsville Hospital has ever received. The hospitals on this list are the best of the best when it comes to quality of care," he said.

"Credit for this recognition goes to our outstanding cardiovascular team of physicians, nurses and other cardiac professionals who deliver such great care to our patients. We are very proud of them," said Spillers.

Huntsville Hospital was the only hospital in Alabama to be included in Truven's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2016.

For the study, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2013 and 2014 Medicare data, 2014 Medicare cost reports, and 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.

According to Truven, this study, and subsequent analysis of the positive variances that the leading cardiovascular service hospitals show, indicates an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated. In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. 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

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at 100tophospitals.com.