Report: local cardiovascular hospitals among top 50 in nation

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Courtesy Bronson Methodist Hospital

Two Kalamazoo hospitals were named among the 50 best cardiovascular hospitals in the nation.

Ascension Borgess and Bronson Methodist Hospital were named to Fortune and IBM Watson Health’s list of the nation’s top cardiovascular hospitals.

This year, Fortune and IBM Watson Health’s annual study evaluated a select group of 951 U.S. hospitals delivering exceptional cardiovascular care to a wide range of patients. The study intends to identify impartial, actionable and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders to enhance standards in cardiac care.

Top hospitals are determined using a publicly available, balanced scorecard outlining clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. This year’s winning hospitals achieved the best results on indicators measuring clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, financial performance and patient experience across four major cardiac conditions, including heart attacks, heart surgery, cardiac catheterization and heart failure.

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the hospitals recognized on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list are providing quality care in one of the most critical areas,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals program leader, IBM Watson Health. “Hospitals are constantly working to improve clinical and operational performance, and the exceptional organizations on this list demonstrate the standard for top-performing cardiac care. Their benchmarks serve as a real-world checkpoint for cardiovascular care across the U.S.”

According to the IBM Watson Health study, if all U.S. cardiovascular hospital service lines achieved the same level as the study’s winners, approximately 6,400 lives, 5,000 bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free, and approximately 6,400 lives and $1.4 billion could be saved.

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