Meriter Hospital Named a 50 Top Cardiovascular U.S. Hospital

Thomson Reuters has named Meriter Hospital a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital in the United States for 2012.  Meriter is the only Madison hospital so recognized.  Earlier this year, Meriter Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters for the second year in a row.  

Thomson Reuters’ cardiovascular hospital study, in its thirteenth year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes.  As Jean Chenoweth, Thomson Reuters senior vice president for performance improvement, said in a news release, Meriter and the other 49 hospitals “continued to deliver excellent care and have been able to improve their performance in a tough economic climate.  The hospitals in this study have provided measurably better care and are more efficient than their peers, demonstrating incredibly strong focus by hospital leadership at a time when the healthcare system is steeped in volatility.”

Hospitals selected for the Thomson Reuters list had significantly better 30-day survival rates; maintained lower 30-day readmission rates for heart attack and heart patients; released bypass patients one day sooner, and heart attack, heart failure and angioplasty patients about half a day sooner than their peers; were more likely to follow recommended care protocol; and achieved clinical gains while keeping costs lower than their peers.

In a statement to Meriter employees, physicians and volunteers, Jim Woodward, president and CEO of Meriter Health Services, said that the Thomson Reuters recognition of Meriter was “a wonderful acknowledgement of the rationale and strength behind our acquisition of Wisconsin Heart and Vascular Institute and the clinical quality exemplified by both organizations.”

On October 31, Wisconsin Heart and Vascular Institute announced that it would join Meriter Medical Group and be renamed Meriter Wisconsin Heart.  “The Thomson Reuters recognition is further evidence that in joining Meriter, we will be part of an organization that has evolved into a first-rate, sophisticated, comprehensive health system,” said Dr. John Moses, President, Wisconsin Heart & Vascular Institute.   “Meriter understands the future of health care in this community and is taking the right measures to ensure that all Madison-area communities, urban and rural, will be well cared for.”

To learn more about the study and see a list of winners, visit

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