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U.S. News and World Report Ranks Rates Saint Michael's High Performing for Treating Heart Failure

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U.S. News and World Report Ranks Rates Saint Michael's High Performing for Treating Heart Failure

U.S. News and World Report in its 2018 Best Hospitals Rankings has rated Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark high performing for treating heart failure.

U.S. News evaluates how well hospitals perform in heart failure using data on patient survival, nurse staffing, volume and more. Hospitals receive one of three ratings – high performing, average or below average.

Hospitals that earned a high performing rating were significantly better than the national average, according to the national survey.

Saint Michale's was rated excellent in the category of survival 30 days after hospitalization and how often patients can go directly home from the hospital rather than being discharged to another facility.

"As a full service cardiac care center, Saint Michael's has always had a strong cardiovascular program and we are proud to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for this specialty," said Robert Iannaccone, the CEO of Saint Michael's. "Some of the region's most talented and skilled cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are affiliated with Saint Michael's."

Since Saint Michael's was purchased by Prime Healthcare in May 2016, the hospital has invested more than $20 million in upgrades and new equipment. Saint Michael's is in the process of upgrading its cardiac catheterization laboratory, which is used to visualize the arteries of the heart and the chambers of the heart and treat any abnormalities.

Saint Michael's has long been on the forefront of cardiac care. In 1959, surgeons at Saint Michael’s performed the first open heart surgery in NJ, on a 10 year old girl. Two years later, the hospital opened a 32-bed cardiac unit, the first in the country to provide such specialized care.