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Baystate Medical Center is again named one of the nation's 50 top cardiovascular hospitals

December 08, 2015

Baystate Medical Center was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics.

The study, now in its 17th year, identified the 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in this critical area of hospital care. The 100 Top Hospitals study is widely regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as for evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies. This is the sixth time Baystate Medical Center has been recognized with this honor. In the latest rankings, Baystate is the only hospital in central or western Mass. to be recognized.

“It is an honor to be recognized once again as a top 50 cardiovascular hospital. We respond to and treat cardiovascular conditions that extend from mild to the most critical of emergencies. We are proud of the innovative, evidence-based care we provide to patients across the region,” said Dr. Aaron D. Kugelmass, chief of Cardiology at Baystate Medical Center. “The expertise, care, and compassion that our clinical teams demonstrate around the clock is second to none.”

The base of Baystate’s Regional Heart Attack Program is at Baystate Medical Center, the only hospital in the region with the ability to unblock an artery and stop a heart attack in its tracks, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. As part of this nationally recognized program, Baystate physicians perform lifesaving angioplasty up to 30 minutes sooner, on average, than the national standard.

For the study, Truven Health researchers analyzed 2013 and 2014 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review data, 2014 Medicare cost reports, and 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Compare data. Research shows that if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:

  • Nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 3,500 more heart patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.3 billion could be saved.

In May, Baystate Medical Center was named one of just 34 hospitals in America as high performers in five commonly administered procedures, two of which are cardiovascular: heart bypass surgery and care for congestive heart failure. In 2014 the hospital was named one of Consumer Reports’ top 15 hospitals in the nation for heart surgery.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at For more information about the Baystate Heart & Vascular Program, visit