Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health - Asante

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Published on December 01, 2020

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health

For the second year in a row and the sixth time overall, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center has been named a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital in the nation by Fortune/IBM. Additionally, Asante Rogue Regional placed No. 1 among the top 10 community hospitals that made the list.

“This recognition is truly about our patients and the community,” said Mick Zdeblick, CEO of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. “Their safety and well-being are at the core of everything we do. Our heart care teams provide the high-quality, compassionate care we’d want for our own families.”

This year’s study included 980 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular services. They were evaluated on several key performance indicators: clinical outcomes, including inpatient and 30-day mortality; medical complications; 30-day readmission rates; average lengths of stay in the hospital; operational efficiency; and patient experience.

“This Top 50 achievement is a testament to the dedication of our employees and physicians who continually strive for excellence in cardiovascular patient care,” said Jamie Grebosky, MD, senior vice president and chief medical and quality officer at Asante. “In spite of the challenges the pandemic has created in health care, our teams have not been deterred from providing our patients with the best heart care possible.”

Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals in the study, the winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost. The study’s results indicate that if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 7,000 additional lives could be saved
  • More than 5,000 heart patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved

“Through collaboration and the implementation of best practices such as opening a heart failure clinic to improve patient outcomes, we have found that creating efficiencies help improve operations, and more importantly, saves lives,” said Mark Moran, MD, a cardiologist with Southern Oregon Cardiology.

Recently, Asante Rogue Regional also received the Chest Pain – MI Registry 2020 Gold Performance Achievement Award by the American College of Cardiology. This award recognizes a hospital’s success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients by meeting aggressive performance measures.

Since 1973, physicians at Asante Rogue Regional have performed more than 20,500 open-heart surgeries and over 18,500 coronary interventions (i.e., stents and balloon angioplasties), and have implanted nearly 12,000 pacemakers and defibrillators.


About the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Study

The Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses independent and objective research to analyze cardiovascular hospital performance in clinical and operational areas addressing inpatient and 30-day mortality, patient complications, 30-day readmission, average length of stay, 30-day episode-of-care payment, and adjusted cost per case, for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and heart failure (HF) patients. The study has been conducted annually since 1998. Organizations do not apply nor pay for this honor or pay to promote their award.

Reviewed by Lauren Van Sickle on December 01, 2020

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As the largest health care provider in nine counties, Asante provides comprehensive medical care to more than 600,000 people throughout southern Oregon and northern California. Our facilities include Asante Ashland Community Hospital in Ashland, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Asante Physician Partners and additional health care partnerships throughout the region.