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Holston Valley Ranks No. 1 in Tennessee for Cardiology
Date:10/13/2009

Holston Valley Medical Center, twice named one of America's Top 100 heart hospitals, has been ranked No. 1 in Tennessee for cardiology services.

Kingsport (Vocus) October 13, 2009 -- Holston Valley Medical Center, twice named one of America's Top 100 heart hospitals, has been ranked No. 1 in Tennessee for cardiology services.

A study issued today by HealthGrades, the nation's leading independent healthcare ratings organization, rated Holston Valley No. 1 in Tennessee and among the top 10 percent in the nation for cardiology care in 2010. America's nearly 5,000 non-federal hospitals were all included in the sweeping study, which examined mortality rates and complication rates from government data from 2006, 2007 and 2008.

In addition to ranking No. 1 in Tennessee for cardiology care, Holston Valley ranked among the state's top six hospitals for all cardiac services.

"The real importance of this No. 1 ranking is underscored by another No. 1. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of people in our region, our state and our country," said Blaine Douglas, Holston Valley's president. "Our hospital has made a commitment to partner with the best physicians, recruit the most experienced staff and invest in the newest technology to prevent and treat heart disease.

"This independent ranking by HealthGrades confirms what our patients already know - Holston Valley is the premier provider of heart care in our region and across our state."

The HealthGrades 12th annual Hospital Quality in America study, the largest annual report of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes from nearly 40 million Medicare hospitalization records. Top-performing hospitals had dramatically lower mortality rates than other hospitals, according to the study.

For the 17 procedures and diagnoses for which HealthGrades analyzed mortality rates, patients at top hospitals had
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