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WakeMed Named One of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2020 by IBM Watson Health

November 20, 2019

WakeMed was today named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

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. Home to the WakeMed Heart Center and WakeMed Heart & Vascular Physicians, WakeMed has been an innovator and cardiac care leader for more than 50 years. Today, WakeMed continues to serve as the preferred provider of heart care in Wake County.

“Our heart and vascular programs have earned top honors for quality, success and for implementing a higher standard of care and services. We are pleased to be recognized for our performance, cardiovascular care excellence and our unwavering commitment to provide an exceptional patient and family experience,” said Judson B. Williams, MD, cardiovascular surgeon and executive medical director of WakeMed Heart & Vascular. “The WakeMed Heart Center represents the best training, care processes and the latest technologies with unrivaled commitment from a diverse interdisciplinary team.”

WakeMed Has Achieved Many “Firsts”

WakeMed was the first in the nation to achieve Version 3 Heart Failure Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology as well as the first U.S. hospital to introduce Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery (ERAS Cardiac) for heart surgery patients – and the first to be named a Center of Excellence by the ERAS Society.

Earlier this year, WakeMed became the first hospital in the U.S. to achieve Version 3 Heart Failure Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology. WakeMed also earned a 3-Star rating for cardiothoracic surgery from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the highest category a hospital can achieve, placing WakeMed among the top 8% in the country.

The press release provides more information about the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2020, part of the Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® national benchmarks series.

Read the full press release here.