January 2005

Three Market-Based Organizations Among Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care

Solucient's 2004 list of the 100 top U.S. heart hospitals includes three of Catholic Health Initiatives' market-based organizations: Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa; Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. Solucient's 2004 study of cardiovascular benchmarks showed that while coronary bypass patients are sicker than ever, more are surviving - with the 100 top hospitals showing the best outcomes of all. This is the first time Penrose-St. Francis Health Services has appeared on the list, while Mercy Medical Center is making its second appearance and St. Joseph Medical Center its fifth. Solucient, based in Evanston, Ill., is an information products company serving the health care industry.