Overall, New Jerseyans who suffered a heart attack in 2008 had a 6.8 percent chance of dying in a hospital, according to the latest data available from the state Department of Health and Senior Services. Your chances of pulling through, however, vary greatly depending on the hospital you are taken to. The lowest death rates were logged by Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly (2 percent), followed by Palisades Medical Center of New York in North Bergen (2.1 percent), Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus (3.2 percent), East Orange General Hospital (3.8 percent) and the now shuttered Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield (3.9 percent). On the other end of the scale were Shore Memorial Hospital (13.9 percent), Trinitas Hospital (11.6 percent), Southern Ocean County Hospital (10.6 percent), St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover (10.5 percent) and St. Peter’s Hospital in Jersey City (10.2 percent).
The ratings make interesting reading since the mortality Inpatient Quality Indicator (IQI) rates seem to have little to do with whether a hospital is located in a wealthy or poor area, is considered urban or suburban or is in South or North Jersey.