Memorial Hospital named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

Memorial Hospital named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

Memorial Hospital of South Bend was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

IBM Watson Health recently released the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2018 study. The annual study, conducted by Truven Health Analytics, now part of IBM Watson Health, identifies the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. The study uses a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics to identify the highest performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation.

“Being selected as Watson’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital is indicative of the collaboration between Memorial Hospital and the Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care Co-management Network,” said Catherine Bringedahl, MS, RCIS, Executive Director, Cardiovascular Services, Memorial Hospital of South Bend. “Our cardiologists, interventional radiologists and surgeons are committed to providing evidence-based, high-quality care to our patients in this community.”

This is the third time Memorial Hospital of South Bend has been named one of the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. The study has been conducted annually since 1999.

The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures attainment in key performance areas: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality, risk-adjusted complications, percentage of coronary bypass patients with internal mammary artery use, 30-day mortality rates, 30-day readmission rates, severity-adjusted average length of stay, wage- and severity-adjusted average cost per case and, new this year, CMS 30-day episode payment measures.

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, IBM Watson Health researchers analyzed 2015 and 2016 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, 2016 Medicare cost reports and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare July 1, 2013-June 30, 2016 data.

The winning hospitals were announced in Modern Healthcare magazine. The study and subsequent analysis of the positive variances these leading cardiovascular service hospitals show, indicate an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated. In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners:

• Nearly 8,900 additional lives could be saved.

• Nearly 3,700 more bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.

• More than $1.4 billion could be saved.

This study is part of the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals program. All of these studies use rigorous processes to calculate and measure hospital service lines, leveraging industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by IBM Watson Health scientists over many years. The 100 Top Hospitals study is widely regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as for evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at

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