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Published: 02/20/2012

A Stellar Report Card For St. Vincent's

St. Vincent's Medical Center Cardiology Department Earns HealthGrades Recognition

-If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had been treated at 5-star hospitals, 240,040 lives could have potentially been saved.-    

A report released by HealthGrades, the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, named St. Vincent’s Medical Center a recipient of the 2012 HealthGrades® Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™The HealthGrades report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of mortality and a 63% lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals.  

“This third party endorsement validates the patient care provided by our excellent cardiologists, nurses, other clinical staff and support team,” said Lawrence Schek, vice president and chairman of cardiology.  “St. Vincent’s has a long history of excellent cardiac care outcomes. We have invested in new technology and expanded and renovated our interventional cardiology area, so we can provide the safest and highest quality care to our patients.”


“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a healthcare provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend St. Vincent’s Medical Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”

St. Vincent’s Medical Center is also a recipient of the following:

• HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ in 2012
• Five-Star Rated for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2012
• Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack for 10 Years in a Row (2003-2012)
• Ranked Among the Top 10% in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2012

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011

Key findings of the HealthGrades 2011 Healthcare Consumerism and Hospital Quality in America report include:

• Patients, on average, were 63% less likely to experience in-hospital complications in a five-star hospital than patients at 1-star programs, and had a 43% lower chance of developing an inhospital complication than the national average.

• If all Medicare patients from 2008 through 2010 had gone to 5-star hospitals for their procedure, 164,472 inhospital complications could have potentially been avoided.

About St. Vincent’s Medical Center

St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT is a 473-bed community teaching and referral hospital with a Level II trauma center and a 76-bed inpatient psychiatric facility in Westport. St. Vincent’s provides a full range of inpatient and outpatient services with regional centers of excellence in cardiology, oncology, surgery, cancer care, orthopedics, diagnostics, women’s and family services, behavioral health, senior health and an array of specialized services.
St. Vincent’s Medical Center is a subsidiary of St. Vincent’s Health Services, which include St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services, Westport Campus, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, St. Vincent’s College, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services, St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation and St. Vincent’s Immediate Health Care Centers. It is a member of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic healthcare system.  St. Vincent's is a teaching affiliate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and of New York Medical College. The Medical Center is also sponsor of SWIM Across the Sound, one of the nation’s largest hospital-based cancer prevention and patient support programs. For referral to a St. Vincent’s physician or more information on  programs and services, call the toll-free Care Line at 1-877-255-SVHS (7847) or visit

About HealthGrades

HealthGrades is America's most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality outcomes. HealthGrades online properties are the nation's leading destination for physician search and empower more than 170 million consumers annually to make informed healthcare decisions.

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