Solidifying its status as the premier heart care center in the region, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The study spotlights the top-performing cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S. based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data.

According to a press release, this study is part of the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® program, using independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in key clinical and operational areas for selected cardiovascular procedures and medical care. Indicators include: risk-adjusted inpatient mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, mean 30-day risk-adjusted mortality rate, mean 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rate, severity-adjusted length of stay, case mix- and wage-adjusted inpatient cost per case, 30-day episode payment, and adjusted operating profit margin. The study has been conducted annually since 1998.

“It is a privilege to be honored on this list as one of the nation’s most outstanding cardiovascular facilities chosen through independent and objective research,” said Jason Rounds, President, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “Prior to receiving this recognition, CHRISTUS St. Michael was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM for the third time. Both of these recognitions are testaments to the hard work, dedication and expertise of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, our medical staff, our nurses and other clinicians, our Associates and every member of our team who give their all every day to ensure that we provide our community with care focused on our core values of dignity, integrity, compassion, stewardship and excellence.”

CHRISTUS St. Michael provides the region’s only open-heart bypass surgery program, Electrophysiology (EP) Lab, Level III NICU, comprehensive Cancer Center, ACR-designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, Center for Joint Replacement, Hybrid Surgical Suite, and robotic-assisted surgery for total knee and hip replacements.

Established in 1916 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as Michael Meagher Memorial Hospital, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System focuses on the mission of “Extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” CHRISTUS St. Michael offers comprehensive services ranging from specialized care for women comprehensive cancer and heart services. CHRISTUS St. Michael is a recognized regional leader for general surgery, robotic surgery, heart care, heart surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and cancer care. The Emergency Department, a Level III Trauma Center, treats an average of over 58,000 patients a year, more than any area ED.

The hospital provides quality, patient-centered care through programs such as our dedicated Primary Stoke Center recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke; the Center for Joint Replacement, also recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Joint Replacement – Hip and Joint Replacement – Knee, and more. CHRISTUS St. Michael is the region’s only NICHE designated hospital, demonstrating its commitment to elder care excellence.

Based on the results of this year’s study, IBM Watson HealthTM extrapolates data that demonstrates if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health system and other IBM Watson award-winning facilities:


  • More than 11,000 additional lives could be saved;
  • More than 2,800 additional heart patients could be complication-free; and
  • Over $1.5 billion could be saved.


“By finding ways to continuously improve and innovate, the winners of our 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study are identifying opportunities to deliver healthcare value to patients, communities, and payers,” said Ekta Punwani, MHA, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The top performing hospitals demonstrated better clinical care and were more efficient than their peers at delivering this care.”

CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System offers our community an opportunity to learn more about their risks of heart/cardiovascular issues in just a few short minutes through taking a free health risk assessment online at” Those who completed the risk assessment will receive results via a printed report that can be shared with their personal physician.

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