Four Baylor Scott & White Health Medical Centers Rated Among Nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune and IBM Watson Health

Criteria include clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience

DALLAS, Texas – Four Baylor Scott & White Health medical centers have earned a coveted spot among the "50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals 2022," according to Fortune and IBM Watson Health. The hospitals named among the top-performing in the U.S. include Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.

The annual Fortune/IBM 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study spotlights leading short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. 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.

"To have one hospital named to this prestigious, national list is an honor, but to have four of our medical centers named is remarkable," said Alejandro Arroliga, MD, chief medical officer, Baylor Scott & White Health. "This achievement is a testament to the hard work of our team members, who have implemented best practices and protocols at not just an individual institution level, but across our system."

This year's study included 951 U.S. hospitals with cardiovascular service lines. Compared with similar cardiovascular hospitals, this year's winning hospitals had better results on indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, financial performance and patient experience. Based on the methodology used by IBM Watson Health, the study concludes that if all U.S. hospitals' cardiovascular service lines performed at the level of these study winners, about 6,400 additional lives and roughly $1.4 billion could be saved. An additional 5,000 bypass and angioplasty procedures could be performed complication-free.

"Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the hospitals recognized on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals list are providing quality care in one of the most critical areas," said Ekta Punwani, 100 Top Hospitals program leader, 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.

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

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About Baylor Scott & White Health
As the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas, Baylor Scott & White promotes the health and well-being of every individual, family and community it serves. It is committed to making quality care more accessible, convenient and affordable through its integrated delivery network, which includes the Baylor Scott & White Health Plan, Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance and its leading digital health platform – MyBSWHealth. Through 51 hospitals and more than 1,200 access points, including flagship academic medical centers in Dallas, Fort Worth and Temple, the system offers the full continuum of care, from primary to award-winning specialty care. Founded as a Christian ministry of healing more than a century ago, Baylor Scott & White today serves more than three million Texans. For more information, visit: