Dr. Siegenthaler, Dr. Horvath and Dr. Corcoran of the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been rated high performing in heart bypass surgery in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings. The ratings evaluate more than 4,600 hospitals nationwide on common inpatient procedures and conditions. Only about 10 percent of hospitals were rated as high performers.
Suburban’s high performing rating was based on the hospital’s high success in reducing readmissions — the number of unplanned returns of heart bypass patients to the hospital for any cause within 30 days of discharge. The hospital also scored high based on the large number of procedures performed there as well as having an expected mortality rate among those patients receiving the procedure.
“We’ve always known that Suburban Hospital has a particularly strong cardiology and cardiac surgery program, but to have been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as a high performing hospital in heart bypass surgery is a wonderful external validation of our expertise in this area,” commented Suburban Hospital President Gene E. Green, M.D.
“This is a tremendous honor and it acknowledges the efforts of the outstanding team at Suburban of which I’m proud to be part,” said Keith A. Horvath, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery for the NIH Heart Center at Suburban Hospital.
U.S. News evaluated hospitals in five procedures and medical conditions—heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—and rated them high performers, average or below average.
“The choice of hospital is one of the most important and costly decisions an individual makes,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis for U.S. News. “We evaluated the treatment of more than 3.6 million patients and identified a small percentage of hospitals that have superior outcomes compared with their peer institutions. Whenever possible, patients, in consultation with their doctors, should seek out high performing hospitals that excel in treating their specific condition.”
U.S. News created Best Hospitals for Common Care to help patients find better care for the kinds of common procedures and medical conditions that account for millions of hospitalizations each year. Objective outcome measures such as deaths, infections, readmissions and operations that need to be repeated as well as patient satisfaction data largely determined the ratings. The Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings rely on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data for patients 65 and older, as well as survey data from the American Hospital Association and clinical registry data from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.