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The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute Illinois' Highest-Rated Program for Heart & Heart Surgery and Among America's Best in 2008 U.S. News Rankings

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July 14, 2008

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The Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital ranks 19th in the nation among thousands of heart and heart surgery programs evaluated for the 2008 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals". Editors for the influential ranking reviewed 5,453 hospitals in 16 different clinical areas. At 19, the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is the highest-rated heart program of any Illinois hospital. In 2007 the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute was ranked 38.     

"This recognition of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is a reflection of the exceptional care provided by our professional staff, our team-based approach to our patients, and our commitment to quality" says The embedded asset does not exist:
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, Northwestern Memorial's chief of cardiology, co-director for the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, and the Goldberg Distinguished Professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

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, Northwestern Memorial's chief of cardiac surgery, co-director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute and the Heller-Sacks Professor of Surgery at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. "This ranking is an honor but not totally unexpected due to the exceptional growth of our program. Through pioneering new procedures, such as percutaneous aortic valve replacement, our expertise in heart valve surgery, treating atrial fibrillation and performing complex operations, we have achieved remarkable outcomes. We're happy that our efforts and teamwork have been recognized."

U.S. News & World Report is not the only national performance benchmark to recognize the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute for outstanding program achievements. Additional program achievements include:   

  • HealthGrades' Cardiac Surgery Excellence award
  • United Health Premium Designation in Cardiac Care
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons Top Composite Quality Ranking
  • Top 1% survival for U.S. Medicare heart failure patients; the best in Illinois
  • Response times in the cardiac catheterization laboratory ranked No. 1 in Chicago and among the best in the nation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Last UpdateFebruary 8, 2011
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