Hoag Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., November 9, 2017 — Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has again been named one of the nation’s “50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals” by IBM Watson Health. The annual study, conducted by Truven Health Analytics, now part of IBM Watson Health, identifies the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services.

Hoag has received this national designation for three consecutive years, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and was the only California community hospital to make the list.

“Hoag is honored to be recognized nationally as one of the top cardiovascular hospitals,” said Hoag President and Chief Executive Officer Robert T. Braithwaite. “This accolade is a true reflection of our team’s unwavering commitment to providing revolutionary patient-centered care to the communities we serve.”

According to IBM Watson Health's analysis, if all cardiovascular hospitals performed at the same level as the 50 Top Hospitals, 8,900 additional lives could be saved, nearly 3,700 more bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free, and more than $1.4 billion could be saved.

The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures attainment in key performance areas: risk-adjusted inpatient 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. The study has been conducted annually since 1999.

For the full list of winners, visit http://truvenhealth.com/products/50-top/studies-winners/2018.


Hoag is an approximately $1 billion nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 425,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to seven health centers and ten urgent care centers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes five institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and two ambulatory surgical centers. In 2013, Hoag entered into an alliance with St. Joseph Health to further expand health care services in the Orange County community, known as St. Joseph Hoag Health. Hoag has been named one of the Best Regional Hospitals in the 2017 – 2018 U.S. News & World Report, andBecker’s Hospital Review named Hoag as one of the 2016 “100 Great Hospitals in America” – a designation Hoag has received four times. For an unprecedented 22 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit www.hoag.org for more information.


Since 1993, the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals program has used independent and objective research to guide hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor, or pay to promote their award. Award-winning hospitals and health systems prove that better care is possible and provide an example for other organizations to follow across the industry. The 100 Top Hospitals award winners demonstrate top performance on both how patients are cared for under clinical measures and how the hospital performs as an efficient business. Visit 100tophospitals.com for more information.


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