Best Heart Transplant Centers And Cardiology Centers

| June 10, 2012 | 5 Comments

Part two of three

On May 9th, John’s Hopkins released the results of a review of the nation’s cardiology centers.  The report covered data collected from 17.211 heart transplants performed in the US between 2000 and 2009. Heart transplant hospitals were evaluated according the volume, high, medium or low. Centers that performed 6 or less heart transplants per year were designated as low volume centers.  Hospitals that performed 6 -15 heart transplants were designated as medium volume heart transplant centers and hospitals that transplanted more than 15 hearts per year were considered high volume centers.

Johns Hopkins reports that 67 percent of all transplants are performed at high-volume transplant centers. The transplant recipient’s one-year survival rate for high risk patients at low-volume centers was just 67 percent.  Wait list patients must consider this reality. The success rate on the same type patients was significantly higher and indicated that high-risk patients should pursue transplantation at high-volume centers.

The study’s lead researcher, Dr. George J. Arnaoutakis, said, “There’s growing evidence throughout medicine and surgery that the volume of cases done at a given medical center has an impact on outcomes. Transplant teams more familiar with a procedure do a better job than those that only do a handful each year.”

The complete study was scheduled for presentation Monday at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery annual meeting in Philadelphia.

US News Health produces an annual report citing criteria as described in Part One of my 3-part report.  From their list, I have assembled a list of the top 50 Cardiology hospitals in the US. I have also added to the US News Health Report data from the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN), where all facts about hospital transplantation, including heart transplantation are managed. Please remember that “wait listed patients” include status 7 patients who for one reason or another are not ready for transplantation.

OPTN provides a breakdown of the statuses of wait list candidates for each center. When I realized I did not have a good chance of transplantation at Columbia Presbyterian, I reviewed the OPTN data for the new centers where I could receive a transplant.  What I liked about Tampa General Hospital is that they had 42 wait-listed patients but more than half were status 7. For a center that was performing almost 60 heart transplants per year, the numbers made sense, but most wait listed patients are competing with donors from many centers for the same organ.

Conversely, the transplant center at Columbia Presbyterian in New York was performing more than 100 adult heart transplants. There were less than 100 wait list patients.  When I left they were doing fewer transplants (75-80) and the wait list was expanding.  I see that OPTN reports they have 191 patients waiting heart transplantation as of 06-01-12. When I left, there were 198.

You may not agree but I believe numbers tell a story about the type success, care and experience centers can provide. I sure was very glad to know that my heart transplant surgeon at Tampa General trained both a Duke and The Cleveland Clinic. I also believe every element of the five-step heart transplantation process is important.  As a patient, I determine the five steps to heart transplantation as:

  1. Prior to end stage congestive heart failure
  2. During end stage congestive heart failure prior to transplantation
  3. Heart Transplant
  4. Post heart transplant recovery
  5. Cardiology and supporting medical services for the rest of your life

In my case, this included five different cardiology centers. My recovery has included two different centers; one for immediate recovery and one for the rest of my life.

In reviewing my report, you will note that some of the country’s best cardiology centers do not provide heart transplantation. This could be for any number of reasons.

What is noticeable is that high-volume heart transplant centers are doing more transplants and the low-volume centers are doing fewer, setting the table for continued migration of patients to high-volume centers.

Theoretically, the more volume heart transplant centers have, the more efficient they become. The high-volume centers are likely to have more experienced and more qualified nursing staff. These centers also attract the best transplant surgeons.  Because high-volume centers are treating wait list patients and recovering patients every day, their cardiologists and staff are extremely engaged.

The reason I included exceptional cardiology hospitals who do not transplant patients is that patients are likely to be treated at these centers prior to getting on a wait list, while they are on the wait list and after transplantation as either outpatients or inpatients.

One disappointment for me in these studies is that there is no evaluation of infectious disease departments. To me, that has as much to do with my recovery as any other department, including cardiology. I am loyal to Tampa General Hospital cardiology department but not too fond of their Infectious Disease team. Had I been at Albany Medical Center, rather than TGH, 90 days after my transplant, the suspension of V-Fend while the mold infection was still active in my body would have occurred. Because V-fend was prematurely halted, the existing aspergillius mold moved from my lung into my spine. I would not have had to have two ribs removed and five inched of my spine removed had I stayed on V-fed, which I was originally told would I would use for no less than nine months and quite possibly for the rest of my life.

Hindsight is generally 20-20. However, if I knew then what I know now, I would have pressed forward with researching the experience of all hospital departments as applies to heart transplantation recovery. For your consideration, there are departments with which I have been treated during recovery.

  1. Cardiology
  2. Hematology – Oncology
  3. Infectious disease
  4. Neurology
  5. Endocrinology
  6. Dermatology
  7. Rehabilitation
  8. General practitioner
  9. General surgery
  10. Radiology
  11. Urology
  12. Neurological Surgery
  13. Thoracic surgery
  14. Periodontal surgery
  15. Opthomolgy

I am sure there are others, but to look at this list makes me sick to my stomach so enough said. Most of these services were terrific, especially at Albany Medical Center and Prime Care Cardiology in Albany who oversaw my open heart surgery in 2000 and has kept me pumped up ever since.

These are the top 50 Cardiology Hospitals in the US. If you have any questions, please send them in.  If the question is beyond my experience, I probably know who could best answer the query.

2011 Patients on Heart Transplant Waiting list – 114,660 as of 06-09-12 at 10:37am

2011 Heart Transplants Nationally – 2322

2009 Heart Transplants Nationally – 2211

 

#1 Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH

Reputation with specialists

Very strong

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds:1239

Parent system: Cleveland Clinic Health System

Ranked #1 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #2 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #2 in Nephrology

Heart Transplant 2011 = 12

Heart Transplant 2009 = 57

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 93

 

#2  Mayo Clinic  – Rochester, MN

Reputation with specialists – Very strong

 Nurse staffing – Highest

 Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type:  General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 1132

Parent system: Mayo Foundation

Ranked #1 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #1 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #1 in Gynecology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 29

Heart Transplants 2009 – 27

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 83

 

#3 Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, MD

Reputation with specialists – Strong

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 913

Parent system: Johns Hopkins Health System

Ranked #1 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #1 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #1 in Psychiatry

Heart Transplants 2011 – 16

Heart Transplants 2009 – 21

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 32

 

#4 – Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital – Houston, TX

Reputation with specialists – Strong

 Nurse staffing – Highest

 Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 719

Parent system: St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System

Ranked #4 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #30 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #31 in Urology

 Featured Cardiology & Heart Surgery Hospitals

Heart Transplants 2011 – 22

Heart Transplants 2009 – 36

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 168

 

#5 – Massachusetts General Hospital – Boston, MA

Reputation with specialists – Strong

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 907

Parent system: Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

Ranked #1 in Psychiatry

Ranked #2 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #2 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Heart Transplants 2011 – 10

Heart Transplants 2009 – 19

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 31

 

#6  New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell – New York, NY

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 2261

Parent system: New York Presbyterian Healthcare System

Ranked #4 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #4 in Psychiatry

Ranked #5 in Nephrology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 77

Heart Transplants 2009 – 93

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 191

 

#7 Duke University Medical Center – Durham, NC

Reputation with specialists – Strong

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type:  General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 812Parent system:

Duke University Health System

Ranked #5 in Geriatrics

Ranked #5 in Pulmonology

Ranked #6 in Orthopedics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 60

Heart Transplants 2009 – 50

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 68

 

#8 Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA

Reputation with specialists – Strong

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 777

Parent system: Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

Ranked #3 in Gynecology

Ranked #5 in Cancer

Ranked #5 in Rheumatology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 18

Heart Transplants 2009 – 25

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 -37

 

#9 Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 456

Parent system: University of California-Systemwide Administration

Ranked #2 in Geriatrics

Ranked #4 in Urology

Ranked #5 in Ophthalmology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 52

Heart Transplants 2009 – 76

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 71

 

#10 Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA

Reputation with specialists – Strong

Nurse staffing – High

Survival – Better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 772

Parent system: University of Pennsylvania Health System

Ranked #7 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #7 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #9 in Pulmonology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 58

Heart Transplants 2009 – 47

Heart Transplant Wait List – 06-01-12 – 17

 

#11 Mount Sinai Medical Center – New York, NY

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing  – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 1029

Ranked #1 in Geriatrics

Ranked #5 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #11 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 29

Heart Transplants 2009 – 24

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 37

 

# 12 University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers – Ann Arbor, MI

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 880

Ranked #4 in Pediatrics: Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #9 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #11 in Geriatrics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 33

Heart Transplants 2009 – 44

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 46

 

#13 Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 931

Ranked #11 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #13 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #17 in Nephrology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 87

Heart Transplants 2009 – 26

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 60

 

#14 Stanford Hospital and Clinics – Palo Alto, CA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – As expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 477

Parent system: Stanford Health Care

Ranked #12 in Cancer

Ranked #13 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #13 in Rheumatology

Featured Cardiology & Heart Surgery Hospitals

Mount Sinai Heart

Heart Transplants 2011 – 32

Heart Transplants 2009 – 57

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 24

 

#15 NYU Langone Medical Center – New York, NY

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – High

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 786

Ranked #8 in Rehabilitation

Ranked #8 in Rheumatology

Ranked #10 in Orthopedics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 74

Heart Transplants 2009 – 85

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – n/A

 

#16 Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 854

Parent system: Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Ranked #12 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #16 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #16 in Gynecology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 15

Heart Transplants 2009 – 25

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 16

 

#17 Emory University Hospital – Atlanta, GA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 591

Parent system: Emory Healthcare

Ranked #15 in Ophthalmology

Ranked #15 in Psychiatry

Ranked #17 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 23

Heart Transplants 2009 – 26

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 32

 

18 Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University – Saint Louis, MO

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 1270

Parent system: BJC HealthCare

Ranked #8 in Pulmonology

Ranked #9 in Nephrology

Ranked #9 in Orthopedics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 11

Heart Transplants 2009 – 23

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 76

 

#19 Methodist Hospital – Houston, TX

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – High

Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 934

Parent system: The Methodist Hospital System

Ranked #14 in Ophthalmology

Ranked #19 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #22 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Heart Transplants 2011 – 28

Heart Transplants 2009 – 23

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 42

 

#20 Loyola University Medical Center – Maywood, IL

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 535

Parent system: Trinity Health

Ranked #20 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #35 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #39 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 11

Heart Transplants 2009 – 21

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 45

 

#20 UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, PA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 1567

Parent system: UPMC

Ranked #2 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #6 in Pulmonology

Ranked #7 in Orthopedics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 27

Heart Transplants 2009 – 62

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 -18

 

#22 Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans, LA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Average

 Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 768

Parent system: Ochsner Health System

Ranked #22 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #27 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #30 in Pulmonology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 25

Heart Transplants 2009 – 22

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 38

 

#23 Vanderbilt University Medical Center – Nashville, TN

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 906

Parent system: Vanderbilt Healthcare

Ranked #8 in Pediatrics: Urology

Ranked #9 in Pediatrics: Neonatology

Ranked #9 in Urology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 36

Heart Transplants 2009 – 36

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 58

 

#24 Ohio State University Hospital – Columbus, OH

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

 Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 976

Parent system: Ohio State University Health System

Ranked #11 in Rehabilitation

Ranked #17 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #20 in Cancer

 Featured Cardiology & Heart Surgery Hospitals

Heart Transplants 2011 – 12

Heart Transplants 2009 – 14

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 22

 

#25 St. Francis Hospital – Roslyn, NY

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: Heart

Number of beds: 312

Parent system: Catholic Health Services of Long Island

Ranked #25 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #35 in Geriatrics

Ranked #41 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#26 Yale-New Haven Hospital – New Haven, CT

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 959

Parent system: Yale New Haven Health System

Ranked #3 in Pediatrics: Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #8 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #10 in Geriatrics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 16

Heart Transplants 2009 – 10

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 9

 

#27 Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – Boston, MA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 621

Ranked #16 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #17 in Geriatrics

Ranked #20 in Nephrology

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#28 Shands at the University of Florida – Gainesville, FL

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 939

Parent system: Shands HealthCare

Ranked #13 in Pediatrics: Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #23 in Urology

Ranked #24 in Pediatrics: Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 31

Heart Transplants 2009 – 33

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – Unavailable

 

#29 Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 676

Parent system: Rush University Medical Center

Ranked #8 in Orthopedics

Ranked #15 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #17 in Geriatrics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 2

Heart Transplants 2009 – 9

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 14

 

#30 Washington Hospital Center – Washington, DC

Reputation with specialists – Modest

 Nurse staffing – Average

 Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 767

Parent system:  MedStar Health

Ranked #20 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #30 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #46 in Gynecology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 11

Heart Transplants 2009 – 11

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 43

 

#31 University of Maryland Medical Center – Baltimore, MD

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type:  General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 752

Parent system: University of Maryland Medical System

Ranked #20 in Pulmonology

Ranked #22 in Cancer

Ranked #27 in Nephrology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 23

Heart Transplants 2009 – 36

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 18

 

#32 Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak, MI

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 1061

Parent system: Beaumont Health System

Ranked #26 in Geriatrics

Ranked #32 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #33 in Orthopedics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 68

Heart Transplants 2009 – 68

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – Unavailable

 

#33 Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center – Phoenix, AZ

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 639

Parent system: Banner Health

Ranked #31 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #33 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #36 in Gynecology

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#33 Union Memorial Hospital – Baltimore, MD

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 271

Parent system: MedStar Health

Ranked #33 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #34 in Orthopedics

Ranked #50 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#35 University of Chicago Medical Center – Chicago, IL

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 547

Ranked #9 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #14 in Cancer

Ranked #19 in Pulmonology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 25

Heart Transplants 2009 – 23

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 41

 

#36 Harper University Hospital – Detroit, MI

Reputation with specialists – Modest

 Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 665

Parent system: Vanguard Health System

Ranked #26 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #34 in Pulmonology

Ranked #36 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#37 Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern Hospital – Minneapolis, MN

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 649

Parent system: Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Ranked #30 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #37 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #43 in Orthopedics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 13

Heart Transplants 2009 – 2

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 18

 

#38 Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center – Houston, TX

Reputation with specialists – Modest

 Nurse staffing – Highest

 Survival – Much better than expected

 Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds:868Parent system:Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Ranked #25 in Pediatrics: Nephrology

Ranked #30 in Nephrology

Ranked #31 in Pediatrics: Gastroenterology

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 –N/A

 

#39 University of Kansas Hospital – Kansas City, KS

Reputation with specialists – None

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 606

Ranked #29 in Pulmonology

Ranked #31 in Ear, Nose & Throat

Ranked #35 in Gastroenterology

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#40 University Medical Center – Tucson, AZ

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds:  422

Ranked #40 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #46 in Geriatrics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 14

Heart Transplants 2009 – 13

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 14

 

# 41 Hackensack University Medical Center – Hackensack, NJ

Reputation with specialists – None

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 696

Ranked #25 in Pediatrics: Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #32 in Geriatrics

Ranked #41 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#41 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas, TX

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – High

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type:

General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 466

Ranked #12 in Urology

Ranked #24 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #24 in Gynecology

Heart Transplants 2011 – N/A

Heart Transplants 2009 – N/A

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#43 UCSF Medical Center – San Francisco, CA

Reputation with specialists – Significant

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 660

Parent system: University of California-Systemwide Administration

Ranked #4 in Diabetes & Endocrinology

Ranked #5 in Neurology & Neurosurgery

Ranked #6 in Urology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 0

Heart Transplants 2009 – 16

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – N/A

 

#44 Allegheny General Hospital – Pittsburgh, PA

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 397

Parent system: West Penn Allegheny Health System

Ranked #43 in Gastroenterology

Ranked #44 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Ranked #50 in Orthopedics

Heart Transplants 2011 – 27

Heart Transplants 2009 – 62

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 -18

 

#45 Scripps La Jolla Hospitals and Clinics – La Jolla, CA

Reputation with specialists – Modest

 Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 344

Parent system: Scripps Health

Ranked #45 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 3

Heart Transplants 2009 – 4

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – Unavailable

 

#46 Hahnemann University Hospital – Philadelphia, PA

Reputation with specialists – Modest

 Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 496

Parent system: TENET Healthcare Corporation

Ranked #46 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 7

Heart Transplants 2009 – 9

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 21

 

#47 Sentara Norfolk General Hospital-Sentara Heart Hospital – Norfolk, VA

Reputation with specialists – None

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 491

Parent system: Sentara Healthcare

Ranked #47 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 13

Heart Transplants 2009 – 12

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 32

 

#48 Tampa General Hospital – Tampa, FL

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 1004

Ranked #27 in Orthopedics

Ranked #39 in Urology

Ranked #40 in Nephrology

Heart Transplants 2011 – 58

Heart Transplants 2009 – 57

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 31

 

#49 Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – Newark, NJ

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Average

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 505

Parent system: Barnabas Health

Ranked #49 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 63

Heart Transplants 2009 – 35

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – 16

 

#50 Christ Hospital – Cincinnati, OH

Reputation with specialists – Modest

Nurse staffing – Highest

Survival – Much better than expected

Hospital type: General medical and surgical

Number of beds: 525

Ranked #42 in Pulmonology

Ranked #50 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery

Heart Transplants 2011 – 55

Heart Transplants 2009 – 57

Heart Transplant Wait List  06-01-12 – Unavailable

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  1. Ernie Bascuas says:

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