Harlingen – It usually starts slowly, with mild pain, or discomfort, right at the center
of the chest. When it's happening, many are not sure what is happening
simply because the pain or discomfort can come and go. But, these symptoms
may be a serious sign of a medical issue. They may be symptoms from a
heart attack and the best thing to do is seek medical treatment immediately.
Since opening its doors in 2002, Harlingen Medical Center has been a leader
in the treatment of heart attack and other heart related medical issues.
Its most recent recognition, a 2014
Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®, from The Joint Commission, is a testament to the hospital's continued
and advanced ability to successfully treat patients who suffer from a
"We have a highly experienced team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic
surgeons, electrophysiologists, and support staff, that are delivering
world-class cardiovascular care to our patients, right here, in South
Texas," said Brenda Ivory, President and Chief Executive Officer
at Harlingen Medical Center. "Our team specializes in the diagnosis
and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Our top-ranked heart team provides
services that include: angioplasty, stenting, cardiac ablation, open heart
surgery, minimally invasive heart valve repair and replacement, and coronary
artery bypass graft."
The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations
in the United States, recognition of Harlingen Medical Center is for attaining
and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for the
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Surgical Care
- and, Immunization
Harlingen Medical Center is the only hospital in the City of Harlingen
to be recognized as a 2014
Top Performer, by The Joint Commission. Is only one of 1,043 hospitals out of more than
3,300 eligible hospitals from across the country to achieve the 2014
Top Performer distinction.
The Joint Commission's
Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based
interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients
with certain conditions, such as heart attack.
To be a 2014
Top Performer, hospitals have to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability
measure data, including:
- Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported
- Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability
measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and
- Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent
or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95
percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.
"Delivering the right treatment, in the right way, at the right time,
is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of
Harlingen Medical Center for their excellent performance on the use of
evidence-based interventions," said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP,
MPH, President and CEO, The Joint Commission.
"We understand what matters most to our patients is the quality and
safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority
to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,"
said Ms. Ivory. "Harlingen Medical Center is proud to be named a
Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire
This is the second consecutive year Harlingen Medical Center has been recognized as a
Top Performer by The Joint Commission. Harlingen Medical Center was recognized last
year for its performance on accountability measure data for heart attack,
heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care.
To learn more about Harlingen Medical Center and its Cardiovascular Center, log on towww.harlingenmedicalcenter.com.