Heart and Vascular Awards

In an era where healthcare information is available to patients with just a few clicks of a mouse, awards represent something of a report card that tell not just what we do, but how well we do it. Objective third-party evaluations take into consideration a broad range of factors, and are based on a variety of data and measures.

Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 2012
Thomson Reuters again named Gundersen among the top hospitals in the nation for cardiovascular care for the 7th time since 1999.

The study shows improved cardiovascular care over the past year with 97% survival of cardiovascular inpatients in U.S. hospitals and about 96% remaining complication-free. The performance of the Top 50 hospitals surpasses even these high-water marks. Compared to other hospitals, the Top 50 have: 
  • Heart Institute among Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital for 201223% lower mortality rate for bypass surgery
  • fewer postoperative complications 
  • fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days 
  • shorter hospital visits and lower costs, discharging bypass patients nearly a full day sooner and spending $4,200 less per bypass case
Comparing the Top 50 to a peer group of hospitals, the study found that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year’s winners: 
  • Nearly 7,700 additional lives could be saved
  • About 6,500 additional patients could be free of complications
  • More than $1 billion could be saved
These statistics are based on analysis of Medicare patients. If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.


Healthgrades®, one of the leading healthcare ratings organizations in the country, analyzed the nation’s nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals for their 2012 Healthgrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study. Those who achieved consistent, high-quality care across the board, not just in one or two specialties, received the 2012 Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinic Excellence™. Gundersen was one of the 263 hospitals achieving the distinction, placing Gundersen among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for clinical quality care for the 5th consecutive year.

Gundersen Heart:

  • Healthgrades 2013 Excellence Awards™ in Cardiac Care and Coronary Intervention
  • Healthgrades 2013 America’s 100 Best for Specialty Care in Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention and Cardiology Services
  • Ranked #1 in Wisconsin for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology Services and Coronary Interventional Procedures
  • Five-star rated for Overall Cardiac Services, Cardiology Services, Valve Surgery, Coronary Interventional Procedures, and Treatment of Heart Attack and Heart Failure

Gundersen Vascular Services

  • Among the top 10 in Wisconsin for Neurosciences and Treatment of Stroke
  • Five-star rated for Treatment of Stroke

Chest Pain Center accreditation
Gundersen Heart Services recently received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) becoming the only healthcare organization in their service area to have earned this accreditation.

To receive accreditation, Gundersen’s heart program was evaluated to ensure integration of best practices in cardiac care and patient outcomes that meet or beat industry standards. Learn more about the Chest Pain Center accreditation.

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