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:

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 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 are the first hospital in the U.S. to perform an aneurysm repair with a new technology that uses fiber optic cable imaging instead of X-ray radiation
  • 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. 

One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care eight years in a row.

Healthgrades Cardiac Care America's 100 Best Award 2020.

Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for ten years in a row.

Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award 2020.

Recipient of Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 11 years in a row. 

Healthgrades Coronary Excellence Award 2020.

First-time recipient of the Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award.

Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award 2020.

One of Healthgrades 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery five years in a row.

Healthgrades America's 50 Best Cardiac Surgery Award 2020.

Recipient of the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines Award

The American Heart Association's 2021 Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus award for Stroke in the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.