Wellmont CVA Heart Institute services ranked among the nation’s best

The Wellmont CVA Heart Institute has long been recognized across the country for its delivery of expert carotid care, and it has now achieved a special distinction in this field for the second time.

CareChex®, a division of Comparion®, has ranked the heart institute No. 1 in the country for 2016 in interventional carotid care.

CareChex also ranked the heart institute’s services in the top 100 nationally for medical excellence in heart attack treatment, and in the top 10 percent in the nation for medical excellence in cardiac care.

These awards illustrate the strength of the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute, which serves patients throughout the region. One program that particularly comes into play is the Level One Heart Attack Network, a collaborative effort between medical providers in the field and the emergency departments to administer an electrocardiogram and transmit the test to the hospital to determine whether a patient is having a heart attack.

Should an emergency department physician conclude someone is suffering a heart attack, the cardiac catheterization labs at Bristol Regional Medical Center or Holston Valley Medical Center can be activated before the patient arrives so medical personnel can be ready to immediately deliver lifesaving care.

CareChex® is a division of Comparion® Medical Analytics – one of the nation’s largest privately-held health care information services companies. CareChex provides clinical, financial and patient satisfaction findings to consumers, providers and purchasers of U.S. medical care. Unlike other publicly available quality ratings, CareChex provides a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, outcomes of care and patient experiences. For access to provider quality ratings, visit www.CareChex.com.