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Sacred Heart Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Posted: 11/17/2015

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2015) -- Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola has been named a winner of the Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals award.  In announcing its annual awards for the 50 hospitals, Truven said the winning hospitals, which were selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, “provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for this high-profile service line.”

“Your hospital displayed top performance compared with peers in cardiovascular outcomes, clinical processes, extended outcomes, and efficiency for the two most common cardiovascular conditions (heart attack and heart failure) and interventions,” said Jean Chenowth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics.

 The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals identifies the nation's best providers of cardiovascular care, based on publicly available data from Medicare. Specifically, the 2016 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals had:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival than non-winning cardiovascular hospitals
  • Fewer patients with complications
  • Higher 30-day survival rates and lower readmission rates for heart attack and heart failure patients
  • Better Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Core Measures scores
  • One-half to 1 day lower average lengths of stay
  • $1,200 to $6,100 less in total costs per patient case; the median benchmark hospital spent approximately $6,100 less per bypass surgery patient and more than $1,200 less per admitted heart failure patient

“This is a wonderful recognition for our cardiovascular team,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. “We’ve worked for four years to build a great cardiac program at SHHP and recruited some very talented physicians. The Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital award reflects the advances we’ve made and the dedication of our entire team to quality care and efficient operations.”

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is a part of the esteemed 100 Top Hospitals program.  That program also has recognized Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast with the 100 Top Hospitals award for four consecutive years. Sacred Heart Health System is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system

An Objective Benchmark

The study, now in its 17th year, uses a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics to identify the 50 highest-performing cardiovascular services lines in the nation. Hospitals do not apply for the Truven awards, and winners do not pay to market their honor.

“Winners of the Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals award recognize that delivering healthcare value to their communities requires the type of consistent high performance across the continuum of care that can only be achieved through a commitment to constant improvement,” said Chenoweth,. "The nation’s most successful hospitals know that strategic alignment of quality, costs, and the patient experience is critical to delivering top-quality care. We’re proud to recognize their diligent efforts.”

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2013 and 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2014 Medicare cost reports and second-quarter 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data. They scored hospitals in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), 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.

For more information on The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, visit For more information on the cardiovascular specialists at Sacred Heart Medical Group, visit or call 850-416-4970.

The 100 Top Hospitals® program is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics.™

About Sacred Heart Health System

Sacred Heart Health System is Northwest Florida’s leading provider of high-quality health care to children and adults. The hub of the Sacred Heart system is its 566-bed Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola that includes the region’s only Children’s Hospital, a Level II Trauma Center, a Cancer Center affiliated with MD Anderson Cancer Network and a Heart & Vascular Institute. The Health System also includes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 58-bed community hospital near Destin, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital, in Port St. Joe, and Sacred Heart Medical Group, a large regional network of primary care and specialty physicians with offices across seven coastal counties between Gulf Shores, Ala. and Apalachicola, Fla.

Sacred Heart has been recognized for 16 straight years by National Research Corporation as winner of the Consumer Choice Award as the most preferred health care system in Northwest Florida. For more information, call 850-416-7000 or visit online at

About Ascension

Ascension ( is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided nearly $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Approximately 150,000 associates and 35,000 aligned providers serve in 1,900 sites of care -- including 129 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities -- in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.


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