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Adventist Heart and Vascular recognized for quality care
Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals’ Heart & Vascular Institute has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for cardiac care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.

Blue Distinction Center hospitals are committed to quality care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes. The national program has added the Blue Distinction Center+ designation to recognize hospitals that deliver quality and cost-efficient specialty care.

“We are honored to receive this recognition, which is proof of our commitment to quality cardiovascular care for the Hinsdale and La Grange community,” said Michael Palluzzi, cardiovascular service line administrator. “We provide expansive cardiac services to the community to ensure anyone in need can find cardiovascular care at our hospitals and outpatient sites.”

The Institute provides state-of-the-art screening, treatment and rehabilitation services for cardiac patients. These include heart and calcium scores, lifestyle and family history analysis, lipid management, anticoagulation therapy, coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair and replacement, coronary angioplasty, stenting and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation.

The Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute is also one of the only facilities in the western suburbs to offer cardiac rhythm monitoring. Its electrophysiology lab offers advanced technology in the management of cardiac arrhythmias.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 600,000 lives each year. Cardiac procedures, including bypass and cardiac stent placement, are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the U.S. health care system, with more than 1 million procedures performed annually.

Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of health care associated infections, compared with their peers, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.

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Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, christopher.lafortune@ahss.org; (630) 856-2354.