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CRH receives national cardiology performance award

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The Heart & Vascular Center at Columbus Regional Hospital recently received a national award from the American College of Cardiology.

CRH is one of only 167 hospitals nationwide and one of six hospitals in Indiana to receive the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011.

This Gold Performance Achievement Award recognizes commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients, as outlined by the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association clinical guidelines. These organizations work together to establish a national standard for improving the quality and outcomes provided for patients with coronary artery disease.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend the Heart & Vascular Center at Columbus Regional Hospital for its success in implementing high standards of care and protocols. The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Award Steering Committee Chair and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

“We are committed to continuously improving the quality of cardiovascular care for our patients,” said Jim Bickel, CRH chief executive officer. “With the expected growth in the number of heart attack patients eligible for treatment over the next decade, due to increasing incidence of heart disease and an aging population, our work toward providing the highest quality heart care for our region is imperative.”

The Heart & Vascular Center at Columbus Regional Hospital offers comprehensive heart services, including 24/7 interventional cardiology and heart surgery. It is the only hospital in southeastern Indiana to offer this level of cardiac care. For more information about the Heart & Vascular Center, visit


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