National Study: McAllen Heart Hospital Named America’s 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery and America’s 100 Best for Coronary Intervention and Cardiac Care  

Healthgrades Study of Patient Outcomes in Nearly 4,500 Hospitals Finds McAllen Heart Hospital Among Best in Nation

McAllen, Texas – McAllen Heart Hospital released today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for Cardiac Surgery and one of America’s 100 Best Hospital’s for Coronary Intervention and Cardiac Care for 2017. McAllen Heart Hospital is the only hospital in the Rio Grande Valley* to receive any of these honors, and it is one of only 19 hospitals in the nation and two in Texas to be a “triple-crown” recipient.

Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions to find the right doctor and the right hospital for the right care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.** Annually, Healthgrades identifies the best-performing hospitals across all conditions or procedures evaluated.

“Healthgrades’ analysis of quality outcomes reveals striking disparities in the quality observed among the Nation’s hospitals, and underscores why it is vital for consumers to understand outcomes performance at specific hospitals for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer for Healthgrades. “A given community may have many hospitals, but only a precious few may provide better-than-expected outcomes for the specific care a patient needs. Those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 50 and 100 Best distinctions have demonstrated a commitment to exceptional quality of care.”

Clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2013-2015, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 223,412 lives could potentially have been saved and 162,215 complications could potentially have been avoided.*** A 5-star rating indicates that a hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated. McAllen Heart Hospital also received the additional Healthgrades clinical achievements related to cardiology:

 

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Cardiac Care Excellence Award™
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™
  • Named Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery in 2017
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2017
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery in 2017
  • Named Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery in 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Valve Surgery for 8 Years in a Row (2010-2017)
  • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2017
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 4 Years in a Row (2014-2017)

What does this mean for our patients?

  • From 2013 through 2015, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award are, on average, 27.6% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.
  • From 2013 through 2015, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average, 44.6% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.
  • From 2013 through 2015, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery have, on average, 47.5% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.

“It is such an honor to be part of the leadership team here at Heart and get to work every day with such talented and dedicated physicians, nurses, and support staff.  Given how hard everyone works to provide the very best care possible, we are incredibly grateful to have our work recognized in this way,” said Daniel Caldwell, Chief Executive Officer at McAllen Heart Hospital. “Being a specialty hospital focused on heart care gives us an important advantage.  The ability to focus on heart care provides a clear identity that inspires us and enables us to become very, very good at what we do.”

**For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 32 common conditions and procedures, as well as an evaluation of comparative outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 18 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected) and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected) categories. The complete Healthgrades 2017 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.

 ***Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2013 through 2015 and represent 3-year estimates for Medicare patients only.

 About McAllen Heart Hospital

 McAllen Heart Hospital in McAllen, Texas is a 60-bed heart hospital that provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient cardiac care for the people of the South Texas region. It is an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), has a comprehensive Congestive Heart Failure Program, a Level IV Emergency Department, a Weight Loss Program with bariatric surgery and advanced technology to diagnose, monitor and treat a full range of cardiac and vascular conditions.  

Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of South Texas Health System. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.