Saint Michael’s Medical Center has been named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care and prostate surgeries by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians and health systems.
It is the fourth year in a row that Saint Michael’s has been named to America’s 100 Best Hospitals for cardiac care and the first time for prostate surgeries. Saint Michael’s is one of only five hospitals in New Jersey to receive the distinction.
It is the first year that Saint Michael’s has been named to America’s 100 Best Hospitals for prostate surgery and it is just one of two hospitals in New Jersey to receive the distinction.
The hospital also a recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for four Years in a row and was named among the top 10% in the nation for overall cardiac services for four years in a row and top 10% in the nation for cardiology services for two years in a row.
Additionally, the hospital is a five-star recipient for coronary bypass surgery for five years in a row, treatment of heart attack for three years in a row, treatment of heart failure for four years in a row, and pacemaker procedures for three in a row.
“These awards are a recognition of the high-quality cardiac care we provide to our patients at Saint Michael’s,” said Dr. Alan Sickles, the CEO of Saint Michael’s. “We are affiliated with some of the best heart doctors in the community who have access to the most modern equipment available today.”
Saint Michael’s recently upgraded its cardiac catheterization laboratories with state-of-the art equipment that allows doctors to perform a range of minimally invasive procedures, including a cutting-edge procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR.
Saint Michael’s was purchased in 2016 by Prime Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest health systems with 46 hospitals in 14 states. This year, Prime hospitals received a combined 295 awards from Healthgrades including 5-Star designations, Specialty Excellence Awards and America’s 100 Best By Specialty.
Healthgrades evaluated Saint Michael’s against performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states.
The hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Speciality Excellence Award
have, on average, a 28.2% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award. Patients treated at hospitals that did not receive the were, on average, 1.39 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.*
“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Healthgrades. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hosptials for cardiac care and prostate surgeries for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.”
Saint Michael’s was also a recipient of the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for two years in a row and named among the top 10% in the nation for overall pulmonary services for two years in a row. The hospital is a five-star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for four years in a row.
The hospital is also a five-star recipient for hip fracture treatment for two years in a row.
For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 32 common conditions and procedures, and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 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). The complete Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at https://partners.healthgrades.com/healthgrades-quality-solutions/healthgrades-quality-awards/.
*Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2016 through 2018