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Texas Health Dallas Receives Double Honor From American Heart Association
Date:7/22/2009

DALLAS, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been recognized by the American Heart Association for providing quality, evidence-based care for coronary artery disease and heart failure.

"This is another example of the dedication and commitment in providing stellar quality heart and vascular care to the Dallas community by physicians, nursing, allied health professionals and administration," said Jon Gardner, administrative director of the Heart & Vascular Service Line at Texas Health Dallas. "This is a milestone in the history of Texas Health Dallas."

Texas Health Dallas received the two medals as part of the AHA's "Get With The Guidelines(SM)"( )program, which is a hospital-based quality-improvement initiative that recognizes top-level cardiac and stroke care in the United States.

Texas Health Dallas is one of the only Dallas-based hospitals recognized in multiple categories. Honored medical centers are featured in an advertisement in this year's "America's Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report.

"This program is about consistently treating patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines, which helps ensure better outcomes," said Dr. James Park, an interventional cardiologist at Texas Health Dallas and medical director of the hospital's cardiac catheterization laboratory. "This award recognizes that we're providing a high level of care to our patients -- and that we're doing it consistently. We're honored by the recognition, but we're most proud that we're continually challenging ourselves to improve and continually working to make health care better for our patients."

Dr. Gregg Fonarow, chairman of the program and director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, said as many as 80,000 lives could be saved annually if just the coronary artery disease module, for which Texas Health Dallas was recognized for consistent achievement, was implemented nationwide.

Coronary artery disease and heart failure remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in both men and women in the United States, according to the AHA.

"Patients hospitalized with a cardiovascular event are at particularly high risk for recurrent events, hospitalizations and cardiovascular death," said Dr. John Harper, a cardiologist on the Texas Health Dallas medical staff and medical director of the hospital's Congestive Heart Failure Unit. "This program was developed to provide hospitals with a systematic approach to measure and improve the quality of care."


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