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Quality Measures

The UMass Memorial Heart and Vascular Center has a proven track record of superior results. UMass Memorial Medical Center has received local, regional and national recognition for high-quality cardiac and vascular care, including:

  • Leading physicians
  • Pioneering advancements
  • State-of-the-art facilities

The one decision you can be confident in is choosing us for your heart and vascular care. We have the region’s most extensive resources for managing all types of heart and vascular disease.

We demand excellence in everything we do. It’s why our Medical Center is among the best hospitals in New England for heart attack survival and one of the top heart programs nationwide for coronary artery bypass and aortic valve replacement surgery.

Quality indicators: heart and vascular center

A national leader in cardiovascular care according to many quality benchmarks and measures:

  • Recognized by US News & World Report as high performing in cardiac bypass surgery and heart failure
  • Among the top hospitals nationwide for coronary artery bypass surgery and aortic valve replacement surgery according to Consumer Reports
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded its highest designation, three stars, to our Cardiac Surgery Program for the following:
    • Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
    • Aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR)
    • CABG plus AVR
  • Named to the Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list
  • Named to Becker's Hospital Review 2016 edition of its 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs list
  • First and only hospital in Central New England to implant a miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor to reduce hospital admissions due to heart failure
  • One of only a few hospitals in Massachusetts offering Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair for patients with symptoms of mitral regurgitation
  • Only hospital in Central New England offering a breakthrough non-drug option to reduce stroke in atrial fibrillation patients  
  • One of just a few hospitals in Central New England to perform Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation for patients with severe aortic stenosis
  • Recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines Gold Achievement Award for treating atrial fibrillation
  • First in New England to implant the Revo MRIT SureScan® pacing system, the only pacemaker designed and tested to allow patients to have an MRI after receiving a pacemaker

Urgent cardiac care in Worcester, MA

At UMass Memorial Medical Center, we understand that seconds matter after a heart attack. Our community hospitals, emergency medical services and the Medical Center work together so patients receive the fastest, most appropriate emergency care.

Our achievements and recognitions include:

  • Our "door-to-balloon" time (the length of time from when a heart attack patient enters our Emergency Department to when his/her blocked artery is opened in our cardiac catheterization lab) averages 60 minutes, significantly below the standard of 90 minutes set by The Joint Commission.
  • Modeled on our highly successful reduction in door-to-balloon times for ST-elevated Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) patients, our ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) team is reducing door-to-incision time for AAA through precise coordination among emergency medical services, the emergency room and the operating room.
  • The Code Rupture Program, a treatment for patients with symptomatic or ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), has reduced by half the mortality for this challenging condition.

Pioneering vascular care

The Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and the Vascular Lab at our Medical Center remain the busiest in Massachusetts, performing more than 3,000 procedures and 18,000 noninvasive vascular studies annually — all with consistently excellent outcomes.

Our achievements:

  • We have access to the latest technology in the endovascular treatment of aneurysms, including branched and fenestrated endovascular grafts for treating specific types of aneurysms.
  • We performed the first aortic four-vessel branched endovascular graft in the state.
  • We are the only Massachusetts hospital in a national clinical trial for branched endovascular grafts in the iliac artery within the pelvis.
  • We are the only medical center in Central Massachusetts to offer a Limb Preservation Center for patients at risk of limb loss due to peripheral artery disease or diabetes.