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NorthShore Among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States

NorthShore University HealthSystem Among the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the United States, IBM Watson Health™ Study Finds 

11/6/2018 – NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) has been named one of the Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ in the nation. NorthShore is one of only two teaching hospitals in Illinois with a cardiovascular residency program to be recognized for demonstrating the highest performance in hospital cardiovascular services.  

Compared to peer hospitals who didn’t make the list, the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals had higher survival rates, lower rates of complications and readmissions, as well as lower lengths of stay and costs. The study found that if all cardiovascular programs in the country performed at the level of the 2019 Top 50, more than 10,300 additional lives and over $1.8 billion could be saved, and nearly 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free. 

“We are honored to receive this recognition which is a testament to the hard-working and incredibly talented team of cardiovascular experts at NorthShore,” said Hyde Russell, MD, co-director of the NorthShore Cardiovascular Institute. “We have a multidisciplinary team that includes cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, all committed to providing our patients with the highest quality cardiovascular care.” 

The study listed hospitals in three separate peer groups: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residency programs, teaching hospitals without cardiovascular residency programs, and community hospitals. NorthShore was categorized as a teaching hospital with a cardiovascular residency program, one of just 15 hospitals nationwide to make the list. 

“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,” said Ekta Punwani, program leader at IBM Watson Health. 

The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, formerly the Truven Health Analytics® 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study, is now in its 20th year. To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, IBM Watson Health researchers analyzed 2016 and 2017 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review 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. 

The winning hospitals were announced in Modern Healthcare magazine, and more information can be found at