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Lee Health Hospital Named Among Nation’s Top 50 Hospitals for Heart Care

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(Fort Myers, Fla. – Mar. 17, 2023) --- Lee Health’s HealthPark Medical Center has again been named one of the country’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, joining some of the most elite hospitals in the country that provide top-tier heart care.

HealthPark Medical Center has been named a 2023 PINC AI 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital winner by Premier.

This marks the tenth year the hospital has won the award.

Formerly known as the IBM Watson award, the PINC AI 50 top-performing cardiovascular hospitals represent the highest standard of heart care in the United States. Premier Inc. acquired the distinction from Merative (formally IBM Watson) and the program will be integrated within PINC AI™, Premier’s technology and services brand.

HealthPark Medical Center is one of only four hospitals in Florida, and the only hospital in Southwest Florida, to earn the designation.

“We are extremely proud to be included among the top 50 hospitals in the country for cardiovascular care for the tenth time,” said Larry Antonucci, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Lee Health. “Our cardiovascular teams are committed to caring for their patients every day and they deserve to be recognized for their leading-edge, high-quality, patient-centered care. We’re committed to providing comprehensive cardiovascular services to the Southwest Florida community so they don’t have to leave home to receive high-level heart care.”

This year's study included more than 900 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines utilizing independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in key clinical and operational areas for selected cardiovascular procedures and medical care.

The winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost, based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals in the study.

“Cardiovascular care is a multifaceted and critical service line. To earn a spot among the 50 best hospitals in the country is an honor. We owe it to our extraordinary team that seeks to provide the highest standard of cardiovascular care every day,” said Richard Chazal, M.D., a medical director with the Lee Health Heart Institute and Past-President of the American College of Cardiology. “We are dedicated to providing world-class care to Florida and we couldn’t be prouder to receive this award.”

The Lee Health Heart Institute is the largest heart program in Southwest Florida. Based at HealthPark Medical Center, the Lee Health Heart Institute is comprised of the region’s most talented cardiovascular team members. Specializing in everything from routine to complex care, the Lee Health Heart Institute includes primary and specialty care, advance cardiac imaging, nationally ranked hospitals, Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, cardiac rehabilitation and more.

The annual study for this recognition was introduced in 1999. It identifies hospitals demonstrating the highest performance in hospital cardiovascular services for four important patient groups: heart attack, heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary intervention.

The rankings are divided by category, including Teaching Hospitals with Cardiovascular Residency Programs, Teaching Hospitals without Cardiovascular Residency Programs and Community Hospitals. HealthPark Medical Center is included in the Teaching Hospitals without Cardiovascular Residency Program.

The study identifies top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services based on a balanced national scorecard of hospital performance metrics, including outcomes, clinical processes and efficiency measures. It is a quantitative and objective study that recognizes the nation’s best providers of cardiovascular care, based on publicly available data and a balanced look at operational, clinical and financial performance metrics.

The 50 top-performing cardiovascular hospitals study is part of the annual Premier Inc. Top 100 Hospitals program, which recognizes the 100 top-rated hospitals in the nation based on a proprietary, balanced scorecard of overall organizational performance, and identifies those hospitals that also excel at long-term rates of improvement in addition to performance.

For more information about the 100 Top Hospitals program, go to Top 100 Hospitals.

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