July/August 2000

St. Joseph in Albuquerque and Towson among top 100 cardiovascular hospitals

St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Md., and St. Joseph Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., are included on a list of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the country, compiled by HCIA-Sachs Institute, Inc. Both medical centers are the only hospitals in their respective states to appear on the list, and St. Joseph in Towson made the list for the second consecutive year. HCIA-Sachs, a health information firm based in Baltimore, Md., used 1997 and 1998 Medicare case data for angioplasty, coronary bypass surgery and acute myocardial infarction to compare hospitals on factors that include mortality and complication rates, length of stay and costs. The HCIA-Sachs study concluded that if all hospitals performed like the top 100, deaths from cardiovascular surgery would decline by 15 percent, deaths from heart attacks would decline by nine percent, and cardiology costs would be reduced $250 million nationwide.