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All about the lead­ing heart hos­pi­tals

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Car­diac care has im­proved steadily over the years, but some hos­pi­tals con­tinue to find ways to climb even higher.

A closer look at some or­ga­ni­za­tions on this year’s list of the top car­dio­vas­cu­lar hos­pi­tals com­piled by Thom­son Reuters shows how they’re do­ing it.

At Venice (Fla.) Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, for ex­am­ple, two car­diac sur­geons have em­pha­sized stan­dard­iza­tion of their prac­tices, which has led to in­creased fa­mil­iar­ity among other care­givers, es­pe­cially op­er­at­ing room nurses. It’s cred­ited with im­prov­ing sur­gi­cal out­comes, help­ing to place the 274-bed hos­pi­tal on Thom­son Reuters’ list of the top-per­form­ing heart hos­pi­tals for the fifth straight year.

Mean­while, Pomona (Calif.) Val­ley Hos­pi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­ter made the list for the first time this year. Dur­ing the past five years the 453-bed hos­pi­tal has con­cen­trated on cre­at­ing a

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