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Salem Hospital earns top honors for cardiac care (Photo) - 02/01/19

SALEM, OR - IBM Watson HealthTM has named Salem Hospital as one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2019. The Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals™ study is in its 20th year. This is the fourth time — and second year in a row — Salem Hospital has been recognized with this honor.

The 2019 Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses 2016 and 2017 Medicare and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services data. Hospitals were scored in key value-based performance areas:

  • Risk-adjusted 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
  • CMS 30-day episode payment measures (new this year)

“The cardiovascular care we provide delivers better patient outcomes while we continue to work on lowering costs,” said Brandon Schmidgall, director of the cardiovascular service line at Salem Health. “We closely partner with a multitude of providers such as vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. By adding those partnerships to our extremely dedicated and highly-skilled staff, we’re seeing fantastic results.”

If all cardiovascular providers in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners (based on Medicare patients only), results industry-wide could amount to over 10,300 additional lives saved, $1.8 billion saved and 2,800 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.

“The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion estimates that cardiovascular disease accounts for approximately $1 out of every $6 spent on health care in the country. That’s why it is so critical that hospitals find new and innovative ways to deliver better care at a lower cost,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The winning hospitals in our study have established the new benchmark for cardiac care performance by driving consistently better outcomes at a lower cost per case than non-winning hospitals.”

The winning hospitals were announced in the Nov. 5, 2018 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine. For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

About Salem Health: Salem Health offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit them at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” them on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow them on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view them at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

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National Heart Month at Salem Health (Photo) - 01/24/19

Salem Health will offer a wide array of healthy heart activities for the public during National Heart Month this February!

Wear Red Day — Friday, Feb. 1
Join Salem Health in brightening the hospital and the community by wearing red to kick off National Heart Month and promote heart health.

Free health screenings — Saturday, Feb. 9

Screenings will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m., in the Salem Health Community Health Education Center. Salem Health staff will determine your cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, height and weight — and will help you understand your results.

Please call 503-814-CHEC (2432) to reserve a 15-minute appointment and remember to fast for 12 hours before cholesterol testing!

Talk with a Doc: Heart failure and Watchman — Wednesday, Feb. 13 

Attend one of these free interactive sessions with our doctors!

Kaiser Permanente cardiologist Priya Kansal, MD, will share the latest discoveries about heart failure and how to keep your heart healthy; 9 to 10 a.m. in Creekside Overflow.

Cascade Cardiology electrophysiologist Ashit Patel, MD, will talk about the latest advancement to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation — the tiny Watchman implant; 3 to 4 p.m. in CHEC classrooms 1 - 2.

Heart-healthy Cooking  — Wednesday, Feb. 20

Learn and taste several recipes to satisfy your appetite while protecting your heart. Come hungry and ready to learn; 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the CHEC’s Gehlar Wellness Kitchen. Cost is $15. Register online at salemhealth.org/chec or call 503-814-CHEC (2432).

Reducing Sodium in a Salty World — Wednesday, Feb. 27
Enjoy a demo of our popular class by Salem Health dietitians — Reducing Sodium in a Salty World. Get mouth-watering recipes, snack suggestions, nutrition tips. Learn how to reduce sodium when cooking and how to “dine out”; 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the CHEC’s Gehlar Wellness Kitchen. Cost is $5. Register online at salemhealth.org/chec or call 503-814-CHEC (2432).

Salem Health CHEC, Gehlar Wellness Kitchen, Creekside Overflow and CHEC classrooms are all located at Salem Hospital, Building D, 939 Oak St. SE, Salem, OR, 97302.

About Salem Health: Salem Health is proud to be the only Oregon hospital listed in the Watson Health™ 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals for 2019. It offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. It comprises hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit them at www.salemhealth.org; “Like” them on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow them on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view them at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

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