DMH named among Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals

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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur Memorial Hospital has been named among the nation's Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals.

The ranking is done by IBM Watson HealthTM. The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ study is now in its 20th year.

This is the ninth time Decatur Memorial Hospital has been recognized.

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 are scored in areas like 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.

"This national recognition for nine years is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our entire cardiovascular team at Decatur Memorial Hospital," said Timothy D. Stone Jr.,President  & CEO, Decatur Memorial Hospital. "DMH continues to set the quality standard for heart care in our community."

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

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