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Texas Heart Institute Among America's
Top 10 Heart Centers

for 23rd Consecutive Year 

Houston, Texas (July 16, 2013)  – For the 23rd consecutive year, the Texas Heart Institute (THI) has been named one of the top 10 heart centers in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings announced today. THI has been ranked in the top 10 every year since the prestigious rankings began in 1990.

US NEWS Best Hospitals Top Ten Cardiology and Heart Surgery 2013-2014"Needless to say, we are proud of being among the very best for almost a quarter-century," said THI President and Medical Director James T. Willerson, MD. "Most importantly, our patients and the people of Houston and Texas benefit from the hard work and long-term dedication of our physicians, nurses and other staff."

The Texas Heart Institute (, founded by world-renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley in 1962, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through innovative and progressive programs in research, education, and improved patient care.

THI, along with its clinical partner, St. Luke's Hospital, is ranked 10th for the 2013-14 reviewing period.

The rankings, determined through criteria such as surgical volume, ratio of registered nurses to beds, number of medical and surgical discharges and recognition by peers, are designed to assist people in seeking the highest level of skill in diagnosing, treating or managing difficult medical conditions. U.S. News evaluated data from almost 5,000 hospitals, engaged in physician surveys and considered patient outcomes, then recognized only 148 hospitals. The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 U.S. metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked. 

The Cardiology & Heart Surgery ranking is made up of 720 hospitals. All are experienced in treating difficult cases — a hospital is listed only if at least 1,321 inpatients in need of a high level of expertise in this specialty were treated there in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The top 50 hospitals are ranked, based on score.

Unlike other rankings and reports, U.S. News & World Report looks at how well centers do in complex and demanding situations. The recognized centers fit a certain mold. They are often referral centers because their physicians see sicker patients and do higher volumes of difficult procedures. They follow and often propose advanced treatment guidelines. They conduct research that migrates from the labs and computer databases to the bedside. Also, they take advantage of improvements in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies.  

For more information about the rankings, visit U.S. News online.  

In the news July 16, 2013
US News "Best Hospitals" rankings good news for Houston 
• Houston again tops on list of best hospitals ... St. Luke's (home of Texas Heart Institute) is number two in Houston. — ABC 13 Local 
• Houston Hospitals Stand Out In National Hospital Rankings ... making the national top-ten lists for medical specialties ... the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's, for cardiac care. — KUHF  
• Houston's best hospital is . . . . New US News & World Report rankings see streak continue ... most of the Houston-area hospitals remain in the same top positions as the previous year's rankings. — Culture Map 

For media inquiries please contact:
Director of Public Affairs
Texas Heart Institute
Frank Michel  ♦  832-355-9510  ♦ 

For THI media profile, see Public Affairs.

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