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Providence Hospital recognized for coronary care

February 26, 2015

Providence Medical Center has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best hospitals for coronary intervention care and a 5-star recipient for treatment of heart attack for 2015.

Healthgrades, an online resource that helps consumers make decisions about doctors, hospitals and care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best performing hospitals within each procedure.

The achievement is part of findings released online and in the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes and organizational costs.

“We have taken a team approach in providing comprehensive, advanced care for cardiac, arterial and venous disease,” said Venkat Pasnoori, board-certified cardiologist and medical director of the Cardiac Center at Providence. “We are deeply appreciative of this national recognition that is a reflection of our commitment to provide the highest level of care possible for our patients.”

Pasnoori pointed to the following hospital initiatives in helping Providence reach this quality achievement:

l Initiating a collaborative effort with the Emergency Department & Cardiovascular nursing units to track and advance Cardiac Care.

l The use of the radial artery in the wrist to perform diagnostic and interventional procedures, including coronary angioplasty and stenting, for almost 90 percent of their patients.  This technique can reduce the risk of complications significantly and speed recovery.”

l Development of a strong relationship with area emergency medical responders in Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties to identify early heart attack victims in the field.

l Achieving multiple national accreditations, such as the Gold Standard from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and the Platinum Performance for the Mission: Lifeline STEMI recognition from the American Heart Association.

l Providing minimally invasive techniques to repair holes in the heart. 

l Focusing on community education with community organizations, HOA HeartSafe, area businesses, churches and schools.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 33 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance and overall clinical quality. Detailed performance information, as well as more information on the Healthgrades 2015 Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at


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