HCA Virginia
November 22, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. (Nov.  22, 2021) — HCA Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital was named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health. The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients. The study is designed to identify impartial, actionable, and attainable benchmarks for hospital and clinical leaders as they work to raise their own organizations’ standards of performance in cardiac care.

“Chippenham has been a leader in cardiac care since 2003 when it became the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first heart hospital,” said William Lunn, MD, chief executive officer of Chippenham Hospital. “This recognition speaks to our team’s diligent work in building the region’s premier center for heart care and, more importantly, saving lives.”

This year's study included 951 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines. Compared to similar cardiovascular hospitals, this year’s winning hospitals had better results on indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, financial performance, and patient experience. Based on the methodology used by Watson Health, the study concludes that if all United States hospitals’ cardiovascular service lines performed at the level of these study winners, some 6,400 additional lives and roughly $1.4 billion could be saved, and 5,000 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the hospitals recognized on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list are providing quality care in one of the most critical areas,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals Program Leader, IBM Watson Health. “Hospitals are constantly working to improve clinical and operational performance, and the exceptional organizations on this list demonstrate the standard for top performing cardiac care. Their benchmarks serve as a real-world checkpoint for cardiovascular care across the U.S.”

Chippenham Hospital cares for more hearts, veins, and arteries than any other health system in Central Virginia. Services include acute cardiac care, cardiothoracic surgery, comprehensive valve clinic, arrhythmia management, heart failure, aortic center of excellence, cardiac imaging, and cardiac rehabilitation.

The annual report highlights 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.

 The winning hospitals were announced in Fortune. For more information, visit https://www.ibm.com/products/50-top-cardiovascular-hospitals.