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

Hospital news | Thursday, December 6, 2018

Contact: Lyndy Stone

Shannon Medical Center was recently named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ study is now in its 20th year. This is the first time Shannon has been recognized with this honor.

"We have an amazing team throughout Shannon that focuses on working together to provide exceptional care to our patients and provide the very best possible outcomes," said Shane Plymell, President and CEO of Shannon. "This is a tremendous honor that organizations cannot apply or pay for to achieve – it’s truly based on the care we provide to our patients each day. I am proud to say those we serve in West Texas are receiving the same, or better, care here at home as they could receive in a larger, metropolitan area. This is the heart of our Shannon mission."

Last year, Shannon performed almost 2,600 cardiac catheterizations and more than 150 open heart surgeries. Its team of interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons provide 24-hour coverage each day to ensure timely and efficient care for the patients in the Concho Valley.

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 were scored in key value-based performance areas: 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.

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners (based on Medicare patients only), results industry-wide could amount to: over 10,300 additional lives saved, $1.8 billion saved, and 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.

"Cardiovascular disease is among the most widespread and costliest diseases in the U.S. with an annual price tag of roughly $317 billion. It is estimated that cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately $1 out of every $6 spent on healthcare in the country.i That’s why it is so critical that hospitals find new and innovative ways to deliver better care at a lower cost," said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. "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."

The winning hospitals were announced in the November 5th edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information, visit

About the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® Program
The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals, formerly the Truven Health Analytics® 100 Top Hospitals, program uses independent, objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance. Organizations do not apply or pay for this honor or pay to promote their award for top performance. 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. 100 Top Hospitals is a registered trademark of IBM. Visit for more information.

About IBM Watson Health
IBM Watson Health is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world's biggest healthcare challenges including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more at

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