Parkwest Recognized as a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital

For the second year in a row, Parkwest Medical Center, a member of Covenant Health, has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Fortune/IBM Watson Health. Parkwest is one of only two hospitals in Tennessee and one of only 10 community hospitals in the nation to receive the designation for 2021.

The annual study identifies the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services by using national performance metrics to identify facilities with the highest performing cardiovascular service lines. The study focuses on hospitals that offer both medical and surgical treatments for heart patients.

“Parkwest is honored to receive this recognition for the second consecutive year,” said Mike Belbeck, Covenant Health’s executive vice president of operations. “Our physicians and staff are committed to providing excellent cardiac care, and this award truly recognizes their efforts. The Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals designation is an affirmation of Parkwest’s commitment to establishing a world-class cardiac program to care for our community.” Two additional Covenant Health hospitals offering advanced heart care – Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville and Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge – also have previously received Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital designations.

Parkwest Medical Center’s cardiac services include top cardiologists and specially trained staff, advanced cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology facilities, dedicated surgical suites, a comprehensive structural heart program and a multi-disciplinary cardiac rehabilitation program. Parkwest’s cardiac team is consistently recognized each year by the American Heart Association for excellent treatment of heart patients. Recent awards include the 2021 GoldPlus Award for stroke care and the 2021 Gold and GoldPlus Awards for STEMI care.

Parkwest’s long-standing cardiac program uses a collaborative team approach, with physicians drawing on their collective knowledge to offer patients excellent care. Whether a patient’s heart care needs are minimal or complex, the combined expertise of a top-performing team contributes to successful outcomes.  Parkwest also has access to the cardiology resources of Covenant Health, the area’s largest comprehensive health system.

About the Study  

The Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals study is part of the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals program. This program selects the leading medical centers from among nearly 1,000 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals that treat a broad spectrum of cardiology patients.

Using publicly available data, researchers evaluated 980 hospitals based on several key performance indicators such as clinical outcomes (including inpatient and 30-day mortality, medical complications, and 30-day readmission rates), average length of hospital stays, operational efficiency and patient experience. Researchers also reviewed four key areas of cardiac treatment: acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, coronary artery bypass graft, and percutaneous coronary intervention. More information about the study is available at


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