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Doylestown Hospital Named One of Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

11/16/2018

Doylestown Hospital was named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. This is the second time Doylestown Hospital was recognized with this honor, now in its 20th year.

Doylestown Hospital is the only hospital in Pennsylvania to make the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2019 list.

According to IBM Watson Health, selection for the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals awards demonstrates that Doylestown Hospital outperformed peers on a balanced scorecard comprising objective metrics based on public data sources and transparent methodologies. Measures include inpatient and extended outcomes, clinical processes, efficiency and cost for the two most common cardiovascular conditions (heart attack and heart failure) and interventions (PCI - percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasties and CABG - coronary bypass surgery).

"Patient outcomes for our heart and vascular services are among the best in the nation due to the skills and dedication of the clinical staff and long-term investment in cardiovascular services," said Jim Brexler, President and CEO of Doylestown Health. "The program is built on excellence, one patient at a time, and it is absolutely affirming to receive national recognition of this caliber for the quality work our team does every day."

According to Chief Operating Officer Eleanor Wilson, who oversees the Richard Reif Heart Institute at Doylestown Hospital, the recognition honors teamwork. "It is the meticulous attention to detail and evidence-based care throughout a patient's treatment and recovery that sets us apart. Everything we've learned and developed is being built in to our new Center for Heart and Vascular Care."

"A new chapter in cardiovascular excellence begins with the new construction," added Joseph Auteri, MD, chief of cardiovascular surgery and medical director of the Reif Heart Institute. "Together with our tradition of superior quality and outcomes, the new facility will enhance our ability to deliver care that consistently earns national recognition."

Doylestown Health is building on nearly 20 years of excellence with the planned opening of the new Center for Heart and Vascular Care on the Doylestown Hospital campus in Fall 2019. The new patient-centered, state-of-the-art facility will bring Doylestown Health's staff of cardiothoracic and endovascular surgeons, electrophysiologists, and interventional and medical cardiologists under one roof and meet the growing demand for advanced heart and vascular services in our community.

The approximately 100,000-square-foot building will have expanded treatment areas and 30 new private rooms. A new hybrid operating suite, renovated Cath and Electrophysiology labs and a central atrium to access all cardiovascular services are part of the design. The One Vision campaign, a $75 million public fundraising campaign, supports the Center for Heart and Vascular Care and other major capital projects that are transforming Doylestown Health.

The IBM Watson Health recognition was previously the Thomson Reuters 50 Top Cardio Hospitals when Doylestown Hospital first earned the honor in 2012. The recognition was subsequently managed by Truven Health before IBM Watson's ownership.

The 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.

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: over 10,300 additional lives saved, $1.8 billion saved, and 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free, according to IBM Watson Health.

"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.i 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 winning hospitals were announced in the November 5th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

For more information, visit the 100 Top Hospitals website.

i. https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/aag/pdf/2016/aag-heart-disease.pdf

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.

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.

About Doylestown Health's Heart & Vascular Services

Expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons assist patients and physicians with managing risk factors for heart disease, offer advanced treatment options and provide outstanding emergency cardiac care. Doylestown Hospital's accredited Chest Pain Center is fully prepared to treat cardiac emergencies around the clock, focusing on rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. The multidisciplinary team at the Richard A. Reif Heart Institute is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.

About ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health

Doylestown Health is embarking on a bold new chapter as it approaches its second century of healthcare delivery. To honor its centennial, Doylestown Health has launched an unprecedented $75 million comprehensive campaign, ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health to meet the expanded health and wellness needs of our community.

Philanthropic support of ONE VISION: The Campaign for Doylestown Health will fund transformational renovation and expansion across the Doylestown Hospital and Pine Run campuses and will help chart the course for the next generation of patients, providers, and technology. For more information, visit the Doylestown Health Foundation website or call 215-345-2009.