Recognitions and Achievements

"First" and Foremost

We maintain a strong commitment to pioneering new treatment and research. Our specialists have been involved in numerous "Madison firsts" in cardiovascular care, including the first:

  • Accredited Chest Pain Center in Wisconsin - just the 30th in the United States
  • Aquapheresis
  • Atrial fibrillation catheter ablation
  • Biventricular pacemaker implantation for the treatment of heart failure
  • Bloodless medicine and surgery program
  • Cardiac intensive care unit (ICU)
  • City-wide Vascular and Electrophysiology meeting, which bring specialists together to discuss topics in these disciplines
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Cryoballoon ablation
  • Endovascular repair of a leaking abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) in the Midwest
  • Enhanced external counter pulsation (EECP) therapy for cardiac patients
  • Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) assist
  • Intracardiac ultrasound
  • Laparoscopic lower extremity bypass surgery
  • Lariat™ Suture Delivery Device procedure
  • Percutaneous carotid stenting
  • Subcutaneous ICD in Wisconsin
  • Ultrafiltration for patients with congestive heart failure

National and State Recognition

  • Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2015 and 2016 by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters)
  • UnityPoint Health - Meriter earned a 5-star overall rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 
  • Winner of the 2016 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Patient Experience
  • Cardiology team recognized by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) as a top performer in Wisconsin for "How Well Providers Communicate" and "Willingness to Recommend" 
  • Named by Thompson Reuters as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital in the U.S. for Superior Clinical Outcomes
  • National accreditation by the Commissions for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories, Nuclear Laboratories and Vascular Laboratories for all three UnityPoint Health – Meriter – Heart & Vascular Institute diagnostic laboratories
  • The Wisconsin Forward Governor's Award (the highest level awarded) 
  • VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence
  • American Heart Association "Get with the Guidelines" recognition
  • Recognition by the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
  • Heart/Stroke Recognition Program