PINC AI and Fortune name the nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals 

March 15, 2023 – PINC AI™, the technology and services brand of Premier, named the nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals. The full list of recognized hospitals was published in an exclusive online article by Fortune. 

To create the list, an objective, quantitative analysis of publicly available data was conducted to identify the top cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. The primary purpose of the PINC AI™ 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ program is to inspire hospital and health system leaders to pursue higher performance and deliver added value to patients and communities. Organizations do not apply to participate in the study, and award winners do not pay to market their honor. 

This year, based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals that were not winners, the analysis found that the 50 top cardiovascular hospitals delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. Compared to non-winning cardiovascular hospitals, this year’s winners had: 

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival rates (19.0 to 40.6 percent higher). 
  • Fewer patients with complications (13.2 to 15.4 percent fewer complications). 
  • Higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF) and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients (0.4 to 0.9 percentage points higher). 
  • Lower 30-day readmission rates for AMI, HF and CABG patients (0.5 to 1.0 percentage points lower). 
  • Average lengths of stay (ALOS) varied between patient groups from 0.6 (AMI, HF, PCI) to 0.8 (CABG) shorter length of stay. 
  • $860 to $5,076 less in total costs per patient case (the smallest dollar-amount difference was for HF, and the largest was for CABG). 
  • Lower average 30-day episode of care payments for AMI and HF ($1,493 and $781 less per episode, respectively). 
  • Patients had a better experience at benchmark hospitals compared to peer hospitals, with a top-box HCAHPS score of 75 percent versus 70 percent. 
  • More than 7,600 additional lives could have been saved. 
  • More than 6,700 heart patients could have been complication-free. 
  • More than $1 billion dollars could have been saved. 

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