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Brian Erni
Truven Health Analytics


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

Only Chicago hospital to earn distinction; one of only nine in Illinois

Chicago, Illinois (November 13, 2013) – This week Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is one of nine hospitals in Illinois to be so distinguished and is the only hospital in Chicago to make the list.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluates performance in key 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. The study is celebrating its 15th year and has been conducted annually since 1999.

“This is an outstanding honor for Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, where quality care is our first and foremost priority,” said Dr. Roberta Luskin-Hawk, Regional President of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago and Presence Saint Francis Hospital. She noted, “The care is provided by a multi-disciplinary team that includes primary care physicians, geriatricians, hospitalists, emergency medicine physicians, medical and interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, residents,  nurses, pharmacists and other staff that work effectively together to ensure the best outcomes for our patients. I congratulate our hospital leadership, our cardiovascular physicians, our leaders in the cardiovascular program and all of our staff, who have put the foundation in place to monitor our quality indicators and for whom implementing continuous quality improvements is second nature.”

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago is a cardiac care leader in the city as well as the nation with a proven record of clinical excellence and with many cardiologists who are nationally-recognized researchers and leaders. This distinction gives patients access to the latest clinical studies and medications to help them get back on track to feeling healthy and leading productive lives. The hospital’s surgeons have an excellent record of success in adult cardiac surgery including coronary artery bypass; vascular surgery and general thoracic surgery.

For the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals distinction, Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2011 and 2012 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2012 Medicare cost reports and 2013 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Hospital Compare data.  According to Truven, If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:

  • 8,600 additional lives could be saved
  • $1 billion could be saved
  • 3,200 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free

The winning hospitals were announced in the November 4th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the healthcare system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “Their success is a testament to the strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.”  

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit

For more information about the cardiology program at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago, is available at

About Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Chicago is a nationally ranked, award-winning teaching hospital serving Chicago’s lake shore communities. It is home to many world-renowned physicians and advanced medical technologies. Presence Saint Joseph Hospital is part of Presence Health. More information is available at

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With more than 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees and 4,000 medical professionals. More information is available at



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