In its first-time rating of hospitals for heart surgery, Consumer Reports finds top-rated hospitals in surprising places and a wide variety in performance – even at neighboring hospitals in the same geographic area.
The ratings, which look at heart bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery, cover more than 400 hospitals nationwide.
“It’s extremely difficult for consumers to find out which hospitals and surgeons have the best result with their specific heart procedure,” said John Santa, M.D., medical director of Consumer Reports Health. “But it shouldn’t be so hard.
Hospitals and doctors should make their information accessible and understandable, so families can make informed choices when they make life and death decisions, Santa said.