Watson Health 50 Top CardiovascularMcLaren Northern Michigan was recently named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals of 2018 by IBM Watson Health. The annual study, conducted by Truven Health Analytics, now part of IBM Watson Health, identifies the top hospitals in the United States for inpatient cardiovascular services. This program is widely regarded as the leading program for evaluating leadership impact in a hospital, as well as for evaluating quality indicators and efficiencies.

The study uses hospital performance metrics to identify the highest performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation. The 50 hospitals on Watson Health's list, including McLaren Northern Michigan, excelled in clinical outcomes for heart attack and heart failure treatments, as well as coronary bypass and angioplasty surgeries, compared to the 1,016 hospitals studied nationwide. The top 50 hospitals performed better on mortality and complications, 30-day mortality, and readmissions. On average, their procedures cost less and patients had shorter hospital stays.

“We have a talented and dedicated team of providers and colleagues who are invested in improving the health of our patients, not only in the hospital setting, but long after discharge,” stated David Zechman, President and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan. “We are proud to be in the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country, and the only community hospital in Michigan to receive this honor.”

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.
Cardiologists with McLaren Northern Michigan see patients close to home across northern Michigan and the Eastern Upper Peninsula including Charlevoix, Petoskey, Gaylord, Hillman, Newberry, Onaway, Oscoda, St. Ignace, Sault Ste. Marie, and Tawas.