Mission Hospital Named One of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

Asheville, N.C. (November 8, 2018) – Mission Hospital was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the sixth time in a row, and the 13th time total, that Mission Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

Mission Hospital is the only hospital in western North Carolina to earn a ranking on the list. Hospitals that receive Top 50 recognition are those institutions providing patients with the most rapid access to emergency care and that perform high numbers of open heart surgeries and successful cardiac catheterizations and interventional cardiovascular procedures such as angioplasties and stent insertions.

Mission Heart is one of the busiest centers in the region treating patients suffering a heart attack. Mission’s average time to open a blocked blood vessel once the patient reaches the hospital is only 45 minutes, well below the 90-minute recommended time and well below the 60-minutes “best practice” guidelines. Mission’s readmission rate for patients with congestive heart failure falls well below the national standard. The vast experience in the cardiac surgery program at Mission has led to outstanding results and requests for surgical procedures from patients and physicians well outside our normal area of service.

“The fact that this IBM Watson Health award is based on Mission’s performance in the four key areas of heart attack treatment, management of congestive heart failure, coronary artery stent procedures and coronary bypass surgery highlights the wide spectrum of excellence in our heart program,” said Dr. Bill Kuehl, chief of cardiology for Mission Health. “It may be possible to excel in one or two of these areas, but to consistently achieve such great outcomes in all four areas is truly remarkable. Beginning in the ambulance and continuing through the emergency department, the cardiac catheterization lab, the operating room and the cardiac rehab program, these professionals provide the highest level of care year after year.“

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: more than 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. 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 IBM 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.

The winning hospitals were announced in the November 5 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system. In 2018, for the sixth time in the past seven years, Mission Health has been named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by IBM Watson Health. We are the only health system in North Carolina to achieve this recognition. Mission Health operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. With approximately 12,000 team members and 2,000 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealth.org or @MissionHealthNC.

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

IBM Watson Health is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more at ibm.com/watson/health.

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