St. Joe’s A2 named a national top-performing hospital

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, which operates St. Joseph Mercy Livingston, was named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals today 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 provide comprehensive cardiovascular services.  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.

“Our hospital consistently ranks among the best in the nation when it comes to caring for the cardiovascular needs of those we serve,” said Alonzo Lewis, president of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston. “In a year of unrelenting challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus, our doctors, nurses and support staff have risen up to deliver on our promise of providing remarkable care to patients. I am extremely proud of each and every member of our team, and humbled that so many patients choose St. Joe’s for their cardiovascular care.”

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.”

This is the eleventh year St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been recognized with this honor, and the third year in a row.  Earlier this year St. Joe’s Ann Arbor was also named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.  The hospital was recognized as the #1 Major Teaching Hospital in America and, within the Major Teaching Hospital category, was #1 for Patient Experience, #2 for Operational Efficiency, and #7 for Clinical Outcomes

The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study 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

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 548-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 497-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 66-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,548 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 15,300 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $2 billion and returns about $115 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

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