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ARRMC again a top cardiovascular hospital

For the eighth time, it earned a spot among the 50 best hospitals in the country for heart care.


For the third year in a row and the eighth time overall, Fortune/IBM Watson Health has named Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center one of its 50 Top cardiovascular hospitals in the nation.

This year’s study included 951 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular services. Winning hospitals had better results on key measures including clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, financial performance and patient experience when compared with similar cardiovascular hospitals.

“To be singled out as one of the best providers of heart care in the country is an honor, and this recognition belongs to each member of our Asante team,” said Mick Zdeblick, CEO of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center. “We continually strive for excellence so our patients can feel confident knowing their heart is in exceptional hands. The study’s findings are great news for our community members who need heart care, close to home.”

Based on the methodology, the study concludes that if all U.S. hospitals’ cardiovascular service lines performed at the level of the study winners:

  • More than 6,400 additional lives could be saved.
  • More than 5,000 additional bypass and angioplasty patients could be complication-free.
  • More than $1.4 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.

“We have developed incredible teamwork with cardiology, the emergency department, anesthesia, nursing, rehab, pharmacy, hospitalists, intensivists, primary care providers and many others who care for patients with cardiac conditions,” said Timo Dygert, MD, a cardiologist with Southern Oregon Cardiology. “As a result, we’re able to address the patient’s current medical issues, as well as the effects it could have on their health years from now.”

Also noteworthy this year, Asante Rogue Regional received the Chest Pain – MI Registry 2021 Platinum Performance Achievement Award by the American College of Cardiology.

“Our goal is to both educate and treat our patients with heart disease,” said Brian Gross, MD, a cardiologist with Southern Oregon Cardiology. “By meeting or exceeding this award’s requirements, our patients are ensured we hold ourselves to providing them with a higher standard of care.”

Since 1973, physicians at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center have performed more than 21,100 open-heart surgeries and nearly 20,000 coronary interventions (i.e., stents and balloon angioplasties), and have implanted nearly 12,200 pacemakers and defibrillators.

“As the primary hospital in the region taking care of thousands of people with heart disease, we rely on our clinical staff and physicians who have the expertise and commitment to care for patients,” said Jamie Grebosky, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Asante. “We’re thankful for the team of physicians, nurses, technicians and our entire workforce for their unique contributions to provide top-quality services every day.”

The winning hospitals were announced in Fortune magazine.


Since 1998, the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study has used independent and objective research to analyze cardiovascular hospital performance.

It reviews clinical and operational areas addressing inpatient and 30-day mortality, patient complications, 30-day readmissions, average length of stay, 30-day episode-of-care payment and adjusted cost per case for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and heart failure (HF) patients.

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