For the second year in a row, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center was named a “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.

This year, based on comparisons between study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals that were not winners, IBM Watson determined that, compared to non-winning hospitals, Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals had:

  • Significantly higher inpatient survival (19.0% to 46.9% higher).
  • Fewer patients with complications (8.7% to 20.5% fewer).

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in a Top 50 facility:

  • More than 7,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 5,600 heart patients heart patients could be complication-free; and
  • Over $1.6 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.

Staff will be celebrating this honor at an open house today at 4pm.  Dr. Patrick Gorman is available for interviews at this function or prior.   Contact Coleen Niemann to facilitate. 


The largest medical facility in the region, Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) is a full-service hospital with over 300 patient beds. It serves as the region’s healthcare hub, serving Idaho, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park and Montana. EIRMC is a Level II Trauma Center; Level I ICU; operates the only Burn Center in the state of Idaho; has the only pediatric intensive care unit and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the region; runs the most robust Heart Center in the region; and is a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center.  EIRMC provides valued and vital resources to the communities it serves.

About the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program

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