Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Named Top 50 for Cardiovascular Care

December 11, 2019

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM. The study spotlights 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.

This study is part of the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® program, using independent and objective research to analyze hospital and health system performance in key clinical and operational areas for selected cardiovascular procedures and medical care.

"This is an outstanding honor that reflects the skill and dedication of our staff as they work together to continuously improve the quality of cardiac care at Guthrie," states Dr. Daniel Sporn, Guthrie Chief, Section of Cardiology. He adds, "Our team of professionals and specialists deliver first class care to our patients, and it is their dedication and commitment to excellence that has helped us achieve this honor."

Guthrie’s new Heart and Vascular Center, located at Robert Packer Hospital, was designed to offer advanced cardiac and vascular care in a patient centered environment.

The new 17,000 square foot center, unveiled in May of 2019 offers:

  • Spacious cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and structural heart rooms with Philips Azurion imaging equipment, providing advanced digital image enhancement at lower dose radiation
  • Universal care private rooms for patient prep and post-care recovery 
  • Close proximity to the Intensive Care Unit and Operating Room
  • Spacious waiting area with real-time status boards that allow family to follow the progress of the patient
  • Convenient street level entrance, adjacent to parking lot

“By finding ways to continuously improve and innovate, the winners of our 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study are identifying opportunities to deliver healthcare value to patients, communities, and payers,” said Ekta Punwani, MHA, 100 Top Hospitals® program leader at IBM Watson Health. “The top performing hospitals demonstrated better clinical care and were more efficient than their peers at delivering this care.”

About IBM Watson Health:

Watson Health is a business unit of IBM that is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health. Watson Health technologies are tackling a wide range of the world’s biggest health care challenges, including cancer, diabetes, drug discovery and more. Learn more.

About Guthrie:

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, serving patients from a twelve-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., Troy, Pa. and Cortland, N.Y., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 325 physicians and 210 advanced practice providers offering 47 specialties through a regional office network providing primary and specialty care in 22 communities in Pennsylvania and New York. In addition, Guthrie offers home medical equipment and respiratory therapy products at seven convenient Med Supply Depot locations. Guthrie provides a wide range of services and programs to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.