CVPH program wins national awards again

PLATTSBURGH - The Champlain Valley Heart Center at CVPH Medical Center has earned state and national recognition for the third consecutive year according to HealthGrades, the leading independent health care ratings organization in the nation.

The CVPH Medical Center program has again received the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award and has been ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for coronary interventional (angioplasty) procedures.

Overall Cardiology Services have received a five-star rating for the second year in a row and HealthGrades has ranked the CVPH program in the top 10 in New York State for Overall Cardiac Services and for Cardiology Services and the top 5 in the state for Coronary Interventional Procedures.

"We are extremely proud to again have earned such recognition for our cardiac program," said CVPH president and chief executive officer Stephens C. Mundy. "The physicians, Heart Center staff, and employees throughout the medical center who provide support have created an extremely valuable service that is literally saving lives of North Country residents. The HealthGrades findings prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that quality heart care is readily available close to home, right here in Plattsburgh."

The Champlain Valley Heart Center at CVPH expanded in 2005, providing angioplasty and open-heart surgery. It later added electrophysiology services to offer a full continuum of heart care.

While thanking all of those involved in the success of the CVPH heart program, Mundy singled out Joel Wolkowicz, M.D., Medical Director of Cardiology, Tim Garrand, M.D., Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, Albert Abbott, Jr., M.D., who performs the majority of heart surgeries, Robin Flint, Cardiovascular Service Line Director, and Debra Donahue, Vice President of Planning and Professional Services for their efforts and oversight that have led to the continuing success of the program.

"In 2002, CVPH recognized a need for expanded heart services. More than two years of planning and preparation went into the first procedures being done almost five years ago. It is testimony to the talented people who work here and to their commitment to excellence that this program is nationally recognized," Mundy added.

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