Analysis of 989 US Hospitals

Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center was named one of the “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals” in the US by IBM Watson Health™. The organization studied performance metrics from 989 US hospitals, and identified top tier facilities for inpatient cardiovascular services.

This recognition acknowledges that EIRMC delivers better outcomes for cardiovascular patients, while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. Extrapolating the results of this year's study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in a Top 50 facilities:

  • More than 11,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 2,800 additional heart patients could be complication-free; and
  • Over $1.5 billion could be saved.

"Heart disease is the #1 leading cause of death both in the US and globally, with 647,000 Americans dying of the illness. As the primary facility in the region taking care of people with heart disease, we rely on our clinical staff and physicians, who have the expertise and commitment to help patients recover from this illness. This recognition speaks to the exceptional clinical care delivered at EIRMC,” says Dr. Patrick Gorman, Interventional Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Medical Director at EIRMC.

Following are some of the key performance benchmarks set by this year's Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival: Winning hospitals had significantly higher inpatient survival rates (28.7% to 47.4% higher).
  • Fewer complications: The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals achieved 6.3 to 27.7% fewer patients with complications.

Dr. Patrick Gorman available for interviews on Monday, Aug. 17.

About the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

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