Bronson Methodist Hospital Again Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health

Published on November 16, 2021

Bronson Methodist Hospital Again Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo was named today, for a second year in a row, as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health. The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights a select group of US hospitals that are delivering high quality cardiovascular care to a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

This is not an award that a hospital can apply for.  Rather, the nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals are determined by a study that evaluates U.S. hospitals using a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational, and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

This year's study included 951 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines. Compared to similar hospitals, this year’s winning hospitals achieved better results on indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, financial performance, and patient experience across four major cardiac conditions:

  • Heart Attack (acute myocardial infarction) 
  • Heart Surgery (coronary artery bypass graft) 
  • Cardiac Catheterization (percutaneous coronary intervention)
  • Heart Failure

Based on the methodology used by Watson Health, the study concludes that if all United States hospitals’ cardiovascular service lines performed at the level of these study winners, some 6,400 additional lives and roughly $1.4 billion could be saved, and 5,000 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.

“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.”

The annual study is designed to identify impartial, actionable, and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders as they work to raise their own organizations’ standards of performance in cardiac care.

The top hospitals for 2022 were announced in Fortune magazine on November 16, 2021. For more information, visit https://www.ibm.com/products/50-top-cardiovascular-hospitals.

For more information on cardiovascular services and providers at Bronson, visit bronsonhealth.com.

 About the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Study

The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses independent and objective research to analyze cardiovascular hospital performance in clinical and operational areas addressing inpatient and 30-day mortality, patient complications, 30-day readmission, average length of stay, 30-day episode-of-care payment, and adjusted cost per case, for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and heart failure (HF) patients. The study has been conducted annually since 1998.

 

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