Longview Regional Medical Center named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
Longview Regional Medical Center has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health. The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study is now in its 20th year. This is the third consecutive year that Longview Regional Medical Center has been recognized with this honor.
The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses 2IBM Watson Health. 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.
“We have a highly talented and dedicated team of providers who are invested in improving the cardiovascular health of our patients at Longview Regional Medical Center,” said LRMC CEO Casey Robertson. “We are honored to be named as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country, and the only community hospital in Longview to receive this honor. I am proud of the compassionate, patient-centered care that has earned us this recognition.”
Since opening in 1980, Longview Regional Medical Center has been dedicated to bringing East Texans high quality care and scope of services to help them live healthier lives. LRMC opened the Heart and Vascular Institute in January of 2012 as a commitment offering leading cardiac cardiac care.
Longview Regional Medical Center realizes that local access to care is essential. Traveling to the metroplex can add additional stress, costs and inconvenience to patients and their family. The cardiac team at Longview Regional delivers cutting edge cardiac services right here in East Texas. LRMC has pioneered a number of firsts in East Texas, including offering the Beating Heart Valve Surgery and the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure.
“There is nothing we don’t offer and that is because we have a really energetic group. We are not sending our patients hours away,” said Dr. Samir Germanwala, director of endovascular therapy and transcatheter aortic valve replacements LRMC.
LRMC offers a wide range of cardiac services, from cardiac cardiac testing and diagnosis of heart disorders to the management and treatment of chronic conditions, such as heart failure. The cardiac team regular treats patients with such conditions as atrial fibrillation (AFib), angina, arrhythmias, arteriosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, heart attack, heart failure, hypertensive disease, peripheral vascular disease, pericardial disorders, pulmonary hypertension, and valve disease and disorders.
“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 winning hospitals were announced in the November 5 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.
For more information, visit www.100 tophospitals.com.