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West Florida Hospital

Hospital Receives National Cardiac Recognition

January 07, 2008

West Florida Hospital has received national recognition for providing quality cardiac care by being designated a 2007 UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center. This designation was awarded for the following: cardiac surgery, interventional cardiac care, and cardiac rhythm management. Only a limited number of hospitals receive designation in all three areas.

"We are extremely excited about achieving this exceptional designation," said Dennis A. Taylor, president and CEO of West Florida Hospital. "Being named a 2007 UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center tells our patients that West Florida Hospital has a comprehensive cardiac program and that the care we provide measures favorably against nationally recognized standards of care."

The UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Specialty Center program identifies hospitals nationwide that are leaders in providing cardiac care. The program is designed to augment the resources that help consumers make more informed choices in selecting facilities that are high quality and more cost efficient in the delivery of health care.

Criteria for selecting UnitedHealth Premium cardiac specialty centers were developed with input from a panel of leading independent cardiology experts and based on published guidelines set by the American College of Cardiology, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, and Leapfrog Group, a coalition of more than 150 public and private organizations that provide health care benefits.

The program's criteria include a stringent set of requirements concerning physician and staff experience, outcomes reporting, depth of care, emergency care, and data management and reporting.

"The physicians and staff at West Florida Hospital are committed to providing care that exceeds these nationally recognized standards," continued Taylor. We want our patients to be confident that they are getting the best treatment possible."

The West Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute is a comprehensive heart care facility that offers a full range of diagnostic procedures. These procedures include cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, electro-physiology studies, stress tests, nuclear cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation. Treatment options include angioplasty, stents, rotoblator, permanent pacemakers, radio frequency ablation, transmyocardial revascularization and coronary artery bypass.

For more information on West Florida Hospital or the West Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute, please call 850-494-3212.