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St. Luke's Medical Center named one of the nation's top cardiovascular hospitals

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

MILWAUKEE, Wis, Recently, St. Luke’s Medical Center was named one of the nation's 100 Top cardiovascular hospitals by Solucient®. The Solucient award for cardiovascular services measures performance on key criteria at the nation's top performing acute-care hospitals. St. Luke’s is the only southeastern Wisconsin hospital on the list.

After reviewing the data of over 6,000 leading acute-care hospitals and the records of over 12 million discharged patients, Solucient found St. Luke’s to be among the nation’s best in heart care.

The study analyzed hospital performance across seven areas, including volumes, mortality, complications, length of stay and costs. It then compared hospitals with their peers and found that these top hospitals, along with St. Luke’s are setting new levels of performance. Top hospitals:

  • Recorded 35 percent fewer post-operative infections
  • Released patients sooner from the hospital
  • Helped patients return to everyday life sooner
  • Held treatment costs down on average 13 percent

St. Luke’s Medical Center is Wisconsin’s largest private hospital and is internationally known for its heart care. It is the only hospital in the country with cardiologists and a catheterization team on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to treat patients. It was the first hospital in the country to combine arrrythmia mapping and ultrafast CT imaging technology to treat atrial fibrillation. St. Luke’s performed Wisconsin’s first heart transplant and was also the first hospital in the state to us the DaVinci robotic system to perform a closed chest bypass procedure.

More information other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

St. Luke’s Medical Center is a part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 80 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

Solucient is the nation’s leading source of products for the healthcare industry. The company provides tools and vital insights that healthcare managers use to improve the performance of their organizations. Solucient’s expertise and proven solutions enable providers, payers, employers and pharmaceutical companies to drive business growth, manage costs and deliver high quality care.

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