IBM Watson Health Names PIH Health Whittier Hospital One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals - PIH Health

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Published on November 14, 2017

IBM Watson Health Names PIH Health Whittier Hospital One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

PIH Health Whittier Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health this week. IBM Watson Health recently released the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2018 study. The annual study, conducted by Truven Health Analytics, now part of IBM Watson Health, identifies the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. The study, part of the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals program, uses a balanced national scorecard of performance metrics to identify the highest performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation.

IBM Watson uses rigorous processes to calculate and measure hospital service lines, leveraging industry-leading, risk-adjusted methodologies developed and maintained by their scientists over many years. The 100 Top Hospitals study is widely regarded as a leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as for evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

The  Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures attainment in key performance areas: risk-adjusted inpatient 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 study has been conducted annually since 1999. This is the second year PIH Health Whittier Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

“At PIH Health, our mission of providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients remains true,” said Jim West, president and CEO of PIH Health. “As an advocate for wellness in the community, it is an honor to be named one of the nation’s cardiovascular hospitals for the care we deliver.”

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, IBM Watson Health researchers analyzed 2015 and 2016 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, 2016 Medicare cost reports and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare July 1, 2013-June 30, 2016 data.

The winning hospitals were announced in the Nov. 6, 2017, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

The study, and subsequent analysis of the positive variances of these leading cardiovascular service hospitals, indicate an opportunity for a broader national impact for cardiovascular patients, should these results be replicated. In fact, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners:

  • Nearly 8,900 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 3,700 more bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.4 billion could be saved

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at