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Baystate a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital in US

November 16, 2016

Dr. Kugelmass with a patientBaystate Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics,™ for the seventh time.

“This recognition is a tremendous honor. From Ware to Bernardston and every community in between, we work tirelessly to ensure that people across this region have efficient access to sophisticated life-saving heart and vascular care,” says Dr. Aaron Kugelmass, chief of Cardiology, Baystate Medical Center.

“We respond to and treat cardiovascular conditions that extend from mild to the most critical of emergencies, while ensuring that safety and quality are integral components of each patient experience," he says. "The expertise, care, and compassion that our clinical teams demonstrate around the clock are second to none.”

The study singled out hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes and used a rigorous process measuring performance in the key areas of:

  • risk-adjusted mortality;
  • risk-adjusted complications;
  • 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 showed if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of Baystate Medical Center and the other Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals, nearly 9,000 additional lives could be saved, 6,000 more heart patients could be complication-free, and more than $1.4 billion could be saved.

Baystate Medical Center is the only hospital in the region with the ability to unblock an artery and stop a heart attack 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Baystate Medical Center’s Davis Family Heart & Vascular Center performs more than 80% of all cardiac surgeries in western Massachusetts, and is among the top three highest-volume medical centers in the entire state for coronary surgery and coronary angioplasty.

Patient's Perspective

Watch as one of our patients, Benjamin Bruso, talks about his experience with heart surgery and recovery at Baystate's Davis Family Heart & Vascular Center.