Two Area Mercy Hospitals Named Truven 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

November 17, 2016

ST. LOUIS - Selected from more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals, Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Hospital Jefferson were recently named to the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics,TM an IBM company.

The annual study singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical, operational and financial performance in this critical area of hospital care. As is the case with the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study, the rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage public data sources and risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market their honor.

“Safety is a top priority at Mercy, after all patients come to us to get well,” said Donn Sorensen, president of Mercy’s eastern Missouri region. “With two Mercy hospitals in the St. Louis area recognized by Truven, and the only two in Missouri, it highlights that we are the go-to place for top-notch heart care.”


The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures performance 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. The study has been conducted annually since 1999. This is the second year Mercy Hospital St. Louis has been recognized with this honor and first at Mercy Hospital Jefferson.

According to Truven, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners (compared to a peer group):

  • More than 9,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • 6,000 plus heart patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $1.4 billion could be saved.

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2014 and 2015 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2015 (2014 when 2015 was not available) Medicare cost reports, and the Hospital Compare dataset published in the second quarter of 2016 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

About the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program
Since 1993, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply for this honor, and winners do not pay to promote their award.

Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for through clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of Truven Health Analytics. For more information, please visit


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