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Heart Failure Care

Comparing New England teaching hospitals with > 300 beds

You want to go to a hospital that…

  1. Sees the greatest number of patients with your condition
  2. Manages the most complex cases
  3. Achieves the best survival rates for your condition
  4. Avoids complications better and has fewer re-admissions

1. Who treats the most heart failure patients?

Number of heart failure patients treated, Medicare patients only

(Higher score is better)

  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (1,886)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (1,505)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (1,294)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (1,147)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (1,037)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (896)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (881)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (832)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (830)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (800)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (685)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (581)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (564)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (511)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (477)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (313)

2. Does Dartmouth-Hitchcock handle complex cases?

If a hospital handles highly complex cases of many types often, it is generally better prepared to provide expert care for complex diagnoses that need a lot of resources. Information on complex cases at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is available, but not for this specific condition.
Learn more about complex cases

3. How many heart failure patients don’t survive more than 30 days?

Heart failure mortality rate

(Lower score is better)

  • Boston Medical Center, MA (7.5%)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (8.9%)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (9.5%)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (9.7%)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (10.3%)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (10.3%)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (10.4%)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (10.4%)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (10.4%)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (10.6%)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (10.8%)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (10.9%)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (12.5%)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (13.0%)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (13.1%)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (15.0%)

4. How many heart failure patients go back to the hospital within 30 days?

Heart failure readmission rate

(Lower score is better)

  • Eastern Maine Medical Center, ME (19.8%)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH (20.8%)
  • UMass Memorial Medical Center, MA (21.0%)
  • Boston Medical Center, MA (21.6%)
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital, CT (21.6%)
  • Tufts Medical Center, MA (21.7%)
  • Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, MA (21.7%)
  • Saint Vincent's Medical Center, CT (22.0%)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MA (22.2%)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, MA (22.3%)
  • Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, CT (22.5%)
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, VT (22.5%)
  • Danbury Hospital, CT (22.6%)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, MA (22.7%)
  • Hartford Hospital, CT (23.4%)
  • Rhode Island Hospital, RI (23.9%)

What does this mean for me?

  • Choose where to get care in advance, as best care increases survival rates after serious hospitalizations.
  • The best heart failure care also reduces the possibility to patients having to return to the hospital.

How good is Dartmouth-Hitchcock?

  • Patients treated for heart failure at Dartmouth-Hitchcock are less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital than at other academic centers in the region.

What is Dartmouth-Hitchcock doing to improve heart failure care?

  • We have a specialty clinic at Dartmouth-Hitchcock that focuses on the care of patients with heart failure.

What questions should I ask to get the best care?

  • Ask the hospital: How many heart failure patients do you care for?
  • Ask the provider: Do you have a specialty team for these patients?

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