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Top Cardiology Programs in the U.S.

cardiology and cardiac imagingTop-tier cardiology is available at a hospital near you.

That’s the news from Becker’s Hospital Review, which published 70 Hospitals With Great Cardiology. The list is compiled on the basis of clinical accolades, quality care and contributions to the field of cardiology. Becker’s emphasizes that hospitals cannot pay to get on the list.

We don’t have room to feature all 70 hospitals, so we’ll highlight a few details about one in each major region of the U.S.

New England:  Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, Mass.). The Hospital’s Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center provides private rooms and a separate sleeping area for families. Patrick T. O’Gara, the center’s executive medical director, recently received the American Heart Association’s Paul Dudley White award for his commitment to patient care and his contributions to the AHA.

Mid-Atlantic: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). Comprehensive cardiology services, from consulting to heart transplantation, are available at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Heart and Vascular. The hospital also conduct research through the Penn Cardiovascular Institute, which has seven research programs.

Southeast: Boca Raton (Fla.) Regional Hospital. Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute opened in 2006. Two years later, the hospital opened its Advanced Arrhythmia Center, one of only a few facilities in the region that offers the mini-maze procedure.

West South Central: St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (Houston). The Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital is home to a center for coronary artery anomalies and center for heart valve disease. The institute provides heart health education through its Heart Information Center and Library and Learning Resource Center. In 2011, cardiologists at the institute performed a groundbreaking procedure in which a patient’s heart was entirely replaced with two continuous flow ventricular assist devices.

East North Central: Lake Health (Concord, Ohio). In June of this year, Lake Health received the AHA’s Worksite Innovation award, which recognizes organizations that have implemented innovative and effective programs to encourage healthier lifestyles for employees. Its Heart and Vascular Center provides prevention services, early intervention services, and several treatment options.

Midwest: Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Minneapolis, Minn.). The Minneapolis Heart Institute’s OPTIMIST Program — OPTions In Myocardial Ischemic Syndrome Therapy — offers alternative approaches to cardiac care for patients for whom surgery and other traditional treatments do not succeed.

Southwest:  Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (Phoenix, Ariz.). The Cavanagh Heart Center has cardiac catheterization labs and offers noninvasive, surgical and rehabilitation services. It recently participated in a clinical trial studying a device for transcatheter aortic valve implantation.

West: Scripps Memorial Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.). Scripps Health is currently constructing a new facility that will integrate cardiology programs from several of its healthcare sites. The $456 million Scripps Cardiovascular Institute is expected to open for patients in 2015.

Congratulations to all 70 hospitals!   

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