Novermber 8, 2018- Decatur, Ill…Decatur Memorial Hospital was today named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ study is now in its 20th year. This is the ninth time Decatur Memorial Hospital has been recognized with this honor.
The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses 2016 and 2017 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, 2017 Medicare cost reports (2016 if 2017 reports were not available) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare published in the second quarter of 2018. Hospitals were scored in key value-based performance areas: risk-adjusted 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.
“This national recognition for nine years is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our entire cardiovascular team at Decatur Memorial Hospital,” said Timothy D. Stone Jr.,President & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. “DMH continues to set the quality standard for heart care in our community.”
If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year’s winners (based on Medicare patients only), results industry-wide could amount to: over 10,300 additional lives saved, $1.8 billion saved, and 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.
“Cardiovascular disease is among the most widespread and costliest diseases in the U.S. with an annual price tag of roughly $317 billion. It is estimated that cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately $1 out of every $6 spent on healthcare in the country.i That’s why it is so critical that hospitals find new and innovative ways to deliver better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The winning hospitals in our study have established the new benchmark for cardiac care performance by driving consistently better outcomes at a lower cost per case than non-winning hospitals.”
The winning hospitals were announced in the November 5th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH has nearly 2,300 dedicated employees, 300 physicians, and is a designated Level II Trauma Center. DMH has been recognized nine years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from IBM Watson Health. For more information, visit www.dmhcares.com.
About the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program
The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals, formerly the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, program uses independent, objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award for top performance. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for under clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of IBM. Visit 100tophospitals.com for more information.
About IBM Watson Health
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