Main Menu

Related content

Decatur Memorial Hospital Named One of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for the Fifth Year in a Row by Truven Health Analytics

Wednesday November, 11th 2015

November 11, 2015…

For the fourth consecutive year, Decatur Memorial Hospital was named one of the nation’s 50 Top CardiovascularHospitals® by Truven Health Analytics.

The study, now in its 16th year, singled out 50 hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in this critical area of hospital care.  As is the case with the 100 Top Hospital study published annually by Truven Health, the rigorous processes used to calculate and measure hospital service lines leverage industry leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by Truven Health scientists over many years and are widely-regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as in evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals®study evaluates performance in key performance areas: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, core measures (a group of measures that assess process of care), percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, and wage- and severity-adjusted average cost.  This study has been conducted annually since 1999.

The study and subsequent analysis of the positive variances these leading cardio service hospitals show, indicate an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated.  In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners, more than:

  • Nearly 9,500 additional lives could be saved
  • More than $1 billion could be saved
  • More than 3,000 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication free

The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study infers a significant correlation between hospital leadership and their organization’s outcome and quality achievements,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals program at Truven Health Analytics.
Truven Health Analytics researchers analyzed 2012 and 2013 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2013 Medicare cost reports, and 2014 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.

The winning hospitals were announced in the November 10th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

About Decatur Memorial Hospital

Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois.  Today, DMH has nearly 2,300 dedicated employees and 300 physicians.  DMH encompasses 11 state-of-the-art centers of excellence. DMH has been recognized four consecutive years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from Truven Health Analytics.

About the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

Since 1993, the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor, or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for through clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademarks or trademark of Truven Health Analytics. For more information, please visit