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St. Luke's Hospital Named One of America's 50 Best for Cardiac Surgery for Third Year

St. Luke’s also received five-star ratings for the treatment of heart attack, stroke and pneumonia and for colorectal surgeries.
Chesterfield, Mo. , October 20, 2020
St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield has been named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ by Healthgrades® for the third year in a row (2019-21) for superior outcomes in coronary artery bypass grafting procedures and heart valve surgery. St. Luke’s is also among the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for cardiac surgery for 2021. 

“We are honored to be the only hospital in Missouri to earn the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery designation three consecutive years,” said Ronald Leidenfrost, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery at St. Luke’s Hospital and chairman of its Heart and Vascular Institute. “This distinction illustrates the commitment of St. Luke’s Heart & Vascular Institute and our entire healthcare team to working together to provide each patient with the best care possible.”

In addition to being recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals for cardiac surgery in the nation, St. Luke’s Hospital achieved five-star ratings for the following clinical achievements:
  • Treatment of Heart Attack (2021)
  • Treatment of Stroke (2021)
  • Treatment of Pneumonia (2003-21)
  • Colorectal surgeries (2014-21)
A five-star rating indicates a hospital’s clinical results are statistically significantly better than expected. According to Healthgrades, patients treated at a hospital receiving five stars have a higher chance of survival and a lower risk of complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at a hospital receiving a one-star rating in that procedure or condition. 

Earlier this year, St. Luke’s also received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for the 10th year in a row (2011-20). 

The Healthgrades 2021 Report to the Nation published today is based on an evaluation of Medicare inpatient records from 2017 through 2019 for about 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide and an assessment of hospital performance related to more than 30 of the most common inpatient conditions and procedures. 

“Now more than ever, consumers understand the importance of hospital quality and starting to become more diligent when researching where they receive care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Healthgrades chief medical officer. “When selecting a hospital, consumers can feel confident in the America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes.” 

Healthgrades is an independent healthcare ratings organization. Hospitals cannot opt out of the Healthgrades analysis, and no hospital pays to be rated. Healthgrades risk-adjusts for patient demographic characteristics and clinical risk factors, thus taking into account how sick patients were before admission to the hospital.

About St. Luke's Hospital:
St. Luke's Hospital is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. Since its founding in 1866, St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care providing personalized healthcare services in over 60 specialty areas at its 493-bed hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. and 143-bed St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital. It also offers more than 30 other locations across the greater St. Louis area, bringing quality healthcare services close to home. St. Luke's is nationally-recognized for quality care and consistently earns high patient satisfaction scores. In St. Louis, St. Luke's is the exclusive alliance provider for the nation's No. 1 heart hospital, the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute.


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