Consumer Reports for the first time has rated hundreds of heart surgery programs at U.S. hospitals based on patient outcomes, including survival and complication rates.
[Consumer Reports rankings are available only to subscribers.]
How Consumer Reports created the rankings
For the rankings, Consumer Reports used data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, which includes data from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals. However, just 400 of the hospitals allowed Consumer Reports to access their data for its report.
The data include information from patients' medical records. Consumer Reports adjusted the data for patient risk factors. The organization rated hospitals on two common types of heart surgery: surgical aortic valve surgery and coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
The top 15 hospitals that that earned the highest scores in bypass and valve surgeries were:
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- Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, Mass.);
- Borgess Medical Center (Kalamazoo, Mich.);
- Cleveland Clinic;
- The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano (Plano, Texas);
- Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center (Clackamas, Ore.);
- Kaleida Health, Gates Vascular Institute at Buffalo General Medical Center (Buffalo, N.Y.);
- Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler (Tyler, Texas);
- St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (Ypsilanti, Mich.);
- St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center (Syracuse, N.Y.);
- St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana (Indianapolis);
- Sequoia Hospital (Redwood City, Calif.);
- Spectrum Health-Grand Rapids, Meijer Heart Center, (Grand Rapids, Mich.);
- Swedish Medical Center-Cherry Hill Campus (Seattle);
- UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester, Mass.); and
- Valley Hospital (Ridgewood, N.J.).
In addition, Consumer Reports released an interactive map that allows users to browse heart surgery scores in each state.
The overall trends
Overall, the report found that 20% of the hospitals in the report scored above average for bypass procedures, while 75% received an average score. Just 4% scored below average for bypass procedures.
The report also found wide variation in hospital performance. In four metropolitan areas—Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Portland, Ore.—hospitals just miles away from each other had large discrepancies in outcomes (Consumer Reports, June 2014; Jameson, Orlando Sentinel, 6/25; Whitaker, KOMO News, 6/26).
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