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April 25, 2014

CVPH recognized for cardiac services

Hospital recently named among America's best

PLATTSBURGH — CVPH Medical Center has been recognized for the quality of its cardiac services.

The facility was recently named among America’s 100 best hospitals for cardiac care by Healthgrades, an online resource for health-care consumers.

“We have a dedicated team of cardiologists and employees here that come to work night and day — it doesn’t matter the hour — and bring a level of quality and care to our community not found in many areas,” CVPH President and CEO Stephens Mundy said at media conference Wednesday morning.

‘OUTSTANDING’

The achievement is based on the findings of the study “American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation,” for which almost 4,500 hospitals in the country were analyzed across 28 conditions and procedures.

Most notably, Healthgrades teams look at medical centers’ mortality and complication rates.

It’s not by accident that CVPH was chosen for its cardiac care, Bob Donahue, director of quality services and client development for Healthgrades, told attendees of the conference.

“There’s a wide range of areas where this hospital is performing just outstanding,” he said.

INTERVENTIONS

For example, Donahue noted, his organization has named CVPH among the top 10 percent in the nation for coronary interventions for seven years in a row and among the top 5 percent in those procedures for three years in a row.

Healthgrades, he continued, also considers the hospital among the top 5 percent in the nation for cardiology services this year.

It has given the facility five-star ratings in coronary-intervention procedures and the treatment of heart attacks and heart failures.

GROWTH EXPECTED

“Our Heart Center continues to excel in what we do, and we’re very lucky to have this program here,” Mundy said.

“It’s really a whole hospital effort from the top down,” Dominick Hendrickson, the facility’s director of cardiac services, told the Press-Republican in a separate interview. “We can’t do it without everybody.”

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