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Phoenix-area hospital named among best heart hospitals in US

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PHOENIX – Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa was named as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country, according to a study.

The Watson Health 50 top Cardiovascular Hospitals Study announced the winners, in no particular order, for the 2018 award on Nov. 6. The study used public data and peer review to identify the winners of the annual honor.

Over 1,000 U.S. hospitals were separated into three categories for the study, those with teaching cardiovascular residencies, teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residencies, and community hospitals.

Banner Heart Hospital was included in the rankings as a community hospital, which Watson Health claims must have at least 25 or more acute care beds and not fall under the category of a teaching hospital.

Using a balanced look at clinical, operational and financial performance metrics, Watson Health determined the top 50 hospitals had significantly higher inpatient survival rates, fewer patient complications and higher 30-day survival rates for patients needing a higher level of heart-related care.

Additionally, lower readmission rates, shorter lengths of stay and lower overall costs for patients separated winning hospitals from others.

The study was largely based on Medicare patients. However, according to the study’s website, the impact from the winning hospitals would be even greater if all patients were analyzed in the study.

Located next to the Banner Baywood Medical Center on Power and Broadway Roads in Mesa, the Banner Heart Hospital opened in 2000.

This was the eighth time Banner Heart Hospital has been named a top 50 cardiovascular hospital, with the first coming in 2006. In addition, the Mesa hospital received recognition from the Becker’s Hospital Review as well as an award from Health Systems with Great Heart Programs in 2014 and 2015.

According to the Banner Health website, the hospital expanded its 60 patient beds to 111 in 2004, and is now one of the largest freestanding heart hospitals in the nation.

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