Saddleback Memorial Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Award Winning Hospital Recognized Nationally for Excellence in Cardiovascular Services and Care by Truven Health Analytics

Saddleback Memorial Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
Laguna Hills, CA, November 10, 2015 --( Yesterday Truven Health Analytics named Saddleback Memorial Medical Center a Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital. Saddleback Memorial is one of only five California hospitals to be recognized with this honor.

“We are so very proud of our cardiac team at Saddleback Memorial, and truly honored to receive this recognition,” said Steve Geidt, Saddleback Memorial Chief Executive Officer. “What sets us apart is our staff’s commitment and laser focus on excellent quality, patient safety and an overall outstanding patient experience. Including patients as members of the care team and making sure they understand their own accountability helps with better outcomes as well,” said Geidt.

Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals recognized have outperformed their peers in inpatient and extended outcomes, clinical process, efficiency, and cost for the two most common cardiovascular conditions, heart attacks and heart failure; and most common interventions, percutaneous coronary intervention and coronary artery bypass graft surgery (PCI and CABG).

“Decades ago, we recognized the importance of creating a more scientific approach to improving medical outcomes. This has led to Saddleback Memorial becoming a national pioneer in best-practice, evidence-based medicine,” said Michael Gault, MD, Medical Director of Cardiology, Saddleback Memorial. “And there’s the very human side of the care that remains our focus; every member of our team is passionate about listening closely to our patients and transforming what we hear to ensure we meet the changing needs of our patients and their families.”

To ensure fair, objective analysis of a hospital’s performance, Truven Health Analytics uses only public data sources and peer-reviewed methodologies for evaluations. The 17th annual review looked at 1,005 hospitals that provide medical and surgical treatment for heart disease. The list includes the 50 that scored highest on heart attack and heart failure treatments and coronary bypass and angioplasty surgeries.

Overall, the top 50 hospitals did significantly better on mortality rates and lengths of stay. When compared with their peers, they had:

27 percent fewer patient deaths from heart attack
20.2 percent fewer deaths from heart failure
35.5 percent fewer deaths among patients undergoing coronary artery-bypass graft surgery

In addition, length of stay was shorter by 15.2 percent and 10.9 percent for heart attack and heart failure patients, respectively, at top hospitals.

“This year’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals have delivered excellent care in a time of sweeping change in the health care system," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance and improvement at Truven Health Analytics. “Saddleback Memorial’s success is a testament to the strong focus by cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and cardiovascular service administrators and staff on basic care and outcomes.”

According to Truven's analysis, if all cardiovascular hospitals performed at the same level as the top 50 hospitals, 8,000 more lives could be saved annually, nearly 3,500 heart complications could be avoided, and more than $1.3 billion in healthcare spending could be eliminated.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at For more information on Truven Health Analytics, visit

This has been an award-winning year for Saddleback Memorial. Earlier in the year, Saddleback Memorial was named one of Healthgrades 2015 America’s 50 Best Hospitals. Only 1 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve this honor reflecting consistent, sustained clinical performance and superior patient outcomes.

About Truven Health Analytics
Truven Health Analytics delivers unbiased information, analytic tools, benchmarks, and services to the healthcare industry. Hospitals, government agencies, employers, health plans, clinicians, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies have relied on them for more than 30 years. Truven combines their deep clinical, financial, and healthcare management expertise with innovative technology platforms and information assets to make healthcare better by collaborating with their customers to uncover and realize opportunities for improving quality, efficiency, and outcomes. With more than 2,000 employees globally, Truven has major offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; and Denver. Advantage Suite, Micromedex, ActionOI, MarketScan, and 100 Top Hospitals are registered trademarks or trademarks of Truven Health Analytics.

Saddleback Memorial’s Award Winning Care
Saddleback Memorial is continually honored for exceptional medical expertise that offers high quality, compassionate care for patients and families at every stage of their lives. It received Healthgrades 2015 America’s 50 Best Hospitals, presented to only 1 percent of U.S. hospitals for consistent, sustained clinical performance, high quality care and superior patient outcomes for at least six years. It also received Becker’s Healthcare Top U.S. Hospitals and American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines highest honor—Gold Plus for cardiac and stroke care. The hospital also has been voted the #1 Hospital in Orange County in the Orange County Register’s “Best of OC’s People’s Choice & Critics’ Picks” for the last two consecutive years.

Saddleback Memorial’s centers of excellence are renowned for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, orthopedics and diabetes; and for leadership in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, breast health, outpatient rehabilitation, advanced imaging, women’s health, geriatric care and surgery, including robotic-assisted procedures. The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial Laguna Hills includes personalized obstetrics care, a highly regarded perinatal program, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit that specializes in high-risk pregnancies and caring for fragile newborns. To learn more, go to and

About MemorialCare Health System
MemorialCare Health System is a nonprofit integrated delivery system that includes six top hospitals – Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach, Community Hospital Long Beach, Orange Coast Memorial, and Saddleback Memorial Laguna Hills and San Clemente; medical groups – MemorialCare Medical Group and Greater Newport Physicians; a health plan – Seaside Health Plan; and numerous outpatient health centers, imaging centers and surgery centers throughout the Southland (Orange County and Los Angeles County). For more information, go to
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