Bellin Named One of Nation’s 50 Top Cardio Hospitals

Earns IBM Watson Health designation for 12th time

Bellin Health this week was named one of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™. The study spotlights the top-performing cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. This is the 12th time Bellin has been recognized with this honor. The health system is the sole honoree from Northeast Wisconsin on this year’s list.

This study is part of the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® program, using independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in key clinical and operational areas for selected cardiovascular procedures and medical care. Indicators include inpatient and 30-day mortality, patient complications, 30-day readmission and average lengths of stay. The study also assess 30-day episode-of-care payment and adjusted cost per case, for acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, percutaneous coronary intervention, and heart-failure patients. This year’s study also includes a patient experience measure. The study has been conducted annually since 1998.

“This honor reflects our cardiac team’s expertise and steadfast commitment to excellence,” said Bellin Health President & CEO Chris Woleske. “Our physicians and staff are constantly examining processes, analyzing data, making adjustments and innovating wherever possible for the benefit of the patients we serve. Their single-minded focus is to save and improve lives, which they do each and every day.”

Bellin Health’s Heart and Vascular Team has 50 years of experience in all facets of cardiac care, making it the most experienced program in the region. The team includes Cardiology Associates at Bellin Health, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, The Valve Center, Advanced Cardiac Imaging, Cardiac Critical Care and Nursing Services.

Based on the results of this year’s study, IBM Watson extrapolates that if all hospitals performed like this year’s winners:
• 6,400 additional lives could be saved in-hospital
• 5,000 additional heart patients could be complication-free
• $1.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved

Click here for more information about the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list.