CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System Named One of the Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health

Excellence of top cardiovascular hospitals points toward opportunities to potentially save thousands of additional lives and billions of dollars in costs

November 24, 2020

Texarkana, TX – CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System was named as one of the nation’s top performing hospitals for cardiovascular services by Fortune and IBM® Watson Health®. The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal US 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.

“It is a privilege to be honored on this list as one of the nation’s most outstanding cardiovascular facilities chosen through independent and objective research,” said Jason Rounds, President, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System. “CHRISTUS St. Michael has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiac Hospitals by IBM Watson Health® again this year. The recognition is a testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System -- the cardiologists on our medical staff, cardiothoracic surgeons and emergency physicians as well as other members of our Medical Staff and our hospital team, who give their all every day to ensure that we provide our community with nationally ranked cardiac care focused on our healing mission.”

CHRISTUS St. Michael provides the region’s only open-heart bypass surgery program, Electrophysiology (EP) Lab, Hybrid Surgical Suite, and robotic-assisted surgery. Earlier this year, CHRISTUS St. Michael unveiled an enhanced, state-of-the-art replacement Cardiac Catheterization Lab and provides two dedicated Cath Labs complemented by the region’s only Electrophysiology (EP) Lab.

This year's study included 980 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines. Based on comparisons between the study winners and a peer group of similar hospitals in the study, the winners delivered better outcomes while operating more efficiently and at a lower cost.

Extrapolating the results of this year's study, if all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 7,000 additional lives could be saved
  • More than 5,000 heart patients could be complication-free
  • More than $1.6 billion in inpatient costs could be saved

“With more than 120 million American adults living with some form of cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular services are among the most critical in healthcare,” said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals Program Lead, 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.”

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.

Established in 1916 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as Michael Meagher Memorial Hospital, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System focuses on the mission of “Extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” CHRISTUS St. Michael offers comprehensive services ranging from specialized care for women, comprehensive cancer and heart services. CHRISTUS St. Michael is a recognized regional leader for general surgery, heart care, heart surgery, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and cancer care. The Emergency Department, a Level III Trauma Center, treats an average of over 53,000 patients a year, more than any area ED.

The hospital provides quality, patient-centered care through programs such as our dedicated Primary Stoke Center recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Stroke; the Center for Joint Replacement, also recognized with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ for Joint Replacement – Hip and Joint Replacement – Knee, and more.

The winning hospitals were announced in Fortune. For more information, visit