The Only Top 50 Heart Program In Central Ohio

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When your family needs cardiovascular care you can count on, the nationally ranked program at Adena is here for you. We’re proud to be ranked in the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health. Adena is the only hospital in central Ohio with this designation. 

IBM Watson Health identified the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services in its annual study conducted by Truven Health Analytics, which is now part of IBM Watson Health. The study is based on hospital performance metrics that identify the highest performing cardiovascular service lines in the nation, and Adena was named in the 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2018.

Adena offers a full line of top-rated cardiovascular services to our communities, and patients can receive care for a variety of heart health needs. These services include managing chronic heart conditions; testing for heart disease; a highly successful open-heart surgery program; cardiac rehabilitation; and minimally invasive services, such as catheterization.

With a nationally ranked heart program right here in Chillicothe, patients don’t need to travel away from home and family support systems to receive excellent heart care.

Adena President & CEO Jeff Graham:

“To be listed among the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals, along with our recent achievement of performing Adena’s 1,000th open heart surgery case, are exciting testaments to the talent and dedication of our cardiovascular providers and staff. Our tremendous cardiovascular team, along with many providers and caregivers throughout the organization have helped us achieve this important milestone and gain national recognition.”

Adena Chief Physician Executive & Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Fortney:

“This is clear evidence that we have high quality providers in our cardiovascular service line. We were in competition with more than 400 like-size community hospitals and were one of the few selected to the top 50 in the nation from that category.”

A Closer Look At The 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2018

The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study measures achievements in key performance areas, including 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.

According to the researchers, if all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of Adena and the other 49 winners: 

  • Nearly 8,900 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 3,700 more bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.4 billion could be saved

To determine the 50 top U.S. hospitals for heart care, IBM Watson Health researchers analyzed 2015 and 2016 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, 2016 Medicare cost reports and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016, data. More information about this study, and other 100 Top Hospitals research, is available at

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, nor are paid 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.

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