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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Named One Of The Nation’s
Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals By Thomson Reuters

Pontiac Hospital Selected from More Than 1,000 Studied Nationwide

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Thomson Reuters.  SJMO was selected as a result of Thomson Reuters’ annual study of U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services.

The study, now in its 12th year, for the first time singled out 50 hospitals rather than the traditional practice of naming 100 winners.  The study examined the performance of 1,022 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

This is the seventh time SJMO has been recognized by Thomson Reuters for cardiovascular care.

“Our approach to treating cardiovascular disease is a focused, patient-centered approach that includes combining expert physicians, nurses and clinicians with advanced technology and nationally proven quality guidelines that will ensure excellent outcomes for our patients,” says Kirit Patel, MD, Medical Director and Chair of the SJMO Division of Cardiology.  “Receiving the prestigious designation as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital in the country is a testament to all of those involved with the cardiovascular program at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s Heart Institute.”

The Heart Institute at SJMO offers comprehensive cardiovascular services from preventive medicine and diagnostic procedures to cardiac surgery.  It offers the latest in cardiovascular services and innovative treatments through the use of advanced technology and clinical research.
The Elliott M. Estes Heart Center is the home of many cardiovascular services provided at The Heart Institute.

Among the services provided at The Heart Institute are:

  • Noninvasive cardiology
  • Invasive cardiology
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Intensive and Critical Care
  • Coronary Care
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Cardiology Fellowship and Residency Program

“This honor demonstrates that St. Joseph Mercy Oakland continues to meet and exceed national quality benchmarks in the clinical management of patients with cardiovascular disease,” said Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO. “We are committed to ongoing improvement in the quality of care we provide to our patients.”

SJMO also was recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Care Network as a Blue Distinction ® Center for Cardiac Care.

“We’ve chosen a more elite group of winners this year.  These hospitals have raised the bar significantly,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President of Performance Improvement and 100 Top Hospitals ® Program at Thomson Reuters.  “They deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer readmissions and lower costs—which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve.  As a result, everyone benefits:  patients, families, employers, insurers and the hospital itself.”

The study shows that 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and about 93 percent remain complication-free, indicative of improved cardiovascular care across-the-board over the past decade.  The 50 top hospitals’ performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (33 percent fewer deaths than non-winning hospitals for bypass surgery).
  • Lower complications indices (21 percent lower for heart failure complications).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following discharge.
  • Shorter hospital visits and lower costs.  Top hospitals discharge heart patients a half-day sooner and spend $1,300 less per case than non-winners.

The Thomson Reuters study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, and non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.  Its researchers analyzed 2008 and 2009 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, Medicare cost reports and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data.  They scored hospitals 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.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit

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