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Shasta Regional Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Shasta Regional Medical Center was recently named as one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in the U.S. for superior inpatient performance in cardiovascular services by Truven Health Analytics, formerly the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters.

The annual study examined the performance of more than 1,000 hospitals by analyzing outcomes for patients with heart failure and heart attacks and for those who received coronary bypass surgery and percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties.

"This recognition is a great tribute to the amazing efforts by the entire cardiac team from the emergency room to the operating room. As a cardiac surgeon, Shasta Regional is a wonderful place to practice because of the dedication and teamwork in providing the highest level of care," said Dr. Doug McConnell, Director of Cardiovascular Surgery.

This is the first time Shasta Regional Medical Center has been recognized with this honor making Shasta Regional the only hospital in the North State and one of three community hospitals in California receiving this honor. This year's winners were announced October 1 in Modern Healthcare magazine.

The study further identified that if all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of this year's winners, nearly 8,600 additional lives could have been saved and more than $1 billion in reduced costs.

The study shows that cardiovascular outcomes in U.S. hospitals are improving nationwide. Across all U.S. hospitals, 96 percent of cardiovascular inpatients survive and remain complication-free. Among the 50 Top Hospitals, performance surpasses these high-water marks as indicated by:

  • Better risk-adjusted survival rates (41 percent fewer deaths than expected, compared with 9 percent fewer than expected at peer hospitals) for bypass surgery patients.
  • Lower complications indices (35 percent lower rate of heart failure complications than peers).
  • Fewer patients readmitted to the hospital after 30 days.
  • Shorter hospital stays. The typical winning hospital released their bypass patients a full day sooner, and their heart attack and heart failure patients about three-quarters of a day sooner than their peers.
  • Lower costs. Top hospitals spend $3,500 less per bypass case and $1,000 less per angioplasty than non-winners.

"This award as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals is another testimony to the relentless commitment of our multidiscipline team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, nurses and staff," said Randall Hempling, CEO. "We couldn't be any prouder knowing our team is striving to achieve higher levels of care and safety for our patients, 24-7."

The study evaluated general and applicable specialty, short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals treating a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. For more information, please visit

About Shasta Regional Medical Center

Shasta Regional Medical Center is a 246-bed acute care, medical and surgical facility with a full range of ancillary services serving far Northern California since 1945. Shasta Regional is the only hospital in the North State to earn the distinction as an accredited Chest Pain Center and has been the community's leading Primary Stroke Center since 2006. We became the first hospital in California and 11th in the nation to be certified as an Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care hospital in 2010. We're proud to have earned national recognition as Top Performer on Key Quality Measures two years in a row. Together with our parent company, Prime Healthcare Services, we're committed to treating patients well.

About Prime Healthcare Services

Ontario, CA-based Prime Healthcare Services (, with a motto of "Saving Hospitals, Saving Jobs and Saving Lives," is one of the largest hospital companies in the nation.

Prime Healthcare was recognized as one of the "15 Top Health Systems in the Nation" in 2012 by Thomson Reuters, based on quality of healthcare and patient satisfaction. It was also recognized as a top health system in 2009. Five Prime Healthcare hospitals were ranked among the "100 Top Hospitals in the Nation" in 2012 by Thomson Reuters. Eight Prime Healthcare hospitals earned national recognition as "Top Performer on Key Quality Measures," (Top 18 percent), in 2012 from The Joint Commission, the leading Medicare accreditation organization in the country.

Through their subsidiaries, Prime Healthcare Services and the non-profit Prime Healthcare Foundation have more than 15,000 employees and own and operate 19 acute-care hospitals: Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Centinela Hospital Medical Center, Chino Valley Medical Center, Desert Valley Hospital, Encino Hospital Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center, Huntington Beach Hospital, La Palma Intercommunity Hospital, Montclair Hospital Medical Center, Paradise Valley Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Shasta Regional Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center – in California, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center – in Nevada, Roxborough Memorial Hospital – in Pennsylvania, Dallas Medical Center, Harlingen Medical Center and Pampa Regional Medical Center – in Texas.