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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

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

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, a leading health care data company.

For its latest independent study, Truven Health Analytics evaluated more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals and singled out 50 that achieved superior clinical outcomes for cardiovascular health. Top 50 heart hospitals have significantly higher survival rates, lower costs, fewer complication s and shorter hospital stays. 

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:

  • Nearly 9,500 additional lives could be saved
  • More than $1 billion could be saved
  • More than 3,000 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication free

“Advanced technology, expert physicians and wonderfully compassionate staff drive our success,” said Robert Johnson, Executive Director of the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center.  “The glue that holds it all together is our corporate effort to keep trying to put patients first in all we do.”

According to Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics, the study shows that 39 of the 50 hospitals in the 2015 study are facilities within a larger health system. “This indicates that the overall aptitude of hospitals to improve care deliverables increases when they work as a coordinated team to implement well established, proven and integrated best practices from one facility to the next,” said Chenoweth. “It also infers a significant correlation between hospital leadership and their organization’s outcome and quality achievements.”

Award winners are categorized into peer groups. St. Cloud Hospital is categorized as a teaching hospital without a cardiovascular residency program.

The CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital is a comprehensive heart center dedicated to the prevention, discovery and management of heart disease. It offers a full range of heart services and is one of the few sites in Minnesota with a heart research program.