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Virginia Hospitals Improve Heart Care--Death & Readmission Rates Decline
Date:2/3/2009

itted. Ramesh K. Shukla, Ph.D. led development of a scientific methodology to fairly compare hospitals while a Professor at VCU's Department of Health Administration.

Visitors can also find physicians by city or county treating heart patients. The report includes physician names, contact information, hospital affiliation, foreign languages spoken and education.

"Like many health care conditions, our interest in heart disease or surgery grows when it affects us," adds Michael Lundberg, VHI's Executive Director. VHI includes details on heart surgery, diagnostic tests and heart disease as provided by the American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic and Medline Plus. The American Heart Association's Michelle Nostheide agrees, "As the leading killer of men and women in Virginia, it is important for all consumers to educate themselves on heart disease and its treatment, and to have a plan of how and where they will seek care should an emergency happen to them."

Virginia Health Information (VHI) is the nonprofit organization that businesses, consumers, the Commonwealth of Virginia and health insurance companies come to for health information. For those without Internet access call 1-877-VHI-INFO to receive information by mail. VHI publishes reports and consumer guides on health insurance, hospitals, HMOs, nursing facilities, physicians and other topics at www.vhi.org.

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    Michael T. Lundberg, Executive Director     Virginia Health Information
    Phone: 804-643-5573, ext 314                Toll Free: 1-877-VHI-INFO
    E-mail: Michael@vhi.org                     Web address: www.vhi.org


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