Hinsdale – Illinois Heart and Vascular, a leader in cardiovascular health and a physician practice within the Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute, has earned the prestigious Bridges to Excellence (BTE) Cardiology Practice Recognition, becoming one of just 11 practices in the country to achieve this status. The organization completed a pilot program and met rigorous quality performance thresholds required to earn the certificate, which is endorsed by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
“Attaining this recognition is quite an honor for our group,” said Dr. Jerome Hines, cardiologist and director of the 15-physician integrated cardiology practice. “It demonstrates our commitment to providing quality, evidence-based care.”
To qualify, Illinois Heart and Vascular (IHV) submitted data that covered three domains: clinical, structural, and professional. High blood pressure treatment, coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation performance measures were analyzed.
“For instance, if you look at patients who have had their cholesterol tested in the last year, our group was at 81 percent, well above the national threshold of 70 percent,” Hines said. “One hundred percent of our coronary artery disease patients are on aspirin therapy and more than 90 percent of our patients who have had heart attacks are on beta blockers – also higher than national benchmarks.”
At the same time, the IHV showed treatment was given in a safe, timely, effective and professional manner. The laboratories are accredited and use electronic record-keeping with documented care plans in each patient’s chart.
“The Cardiology Practice Recognition program recognizes clinicians who value patient safety and evidence-based medicine, which are our top priorities,” said Cathie Biga, executive director of Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute and president and chief executive officer of Cardiovascular Management of Illinois. “Our physicians are very deserving of this recognition.”
All IHV physicians hold double and triple board certifications in internal medicine, cardiology and cardiology sub-specialty areas. They also received their fellowship training at some of the nation’s most prestigious academic medical centers, including Harvard, University of Chicago, Northwestern and Loyola. Many of the cardiologists hold teaching appointments at Chicago’s academic medical centers.
“This recognition underscores our commitment to continuous quality improvement,” said David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Midwest Health. “This esteemed credential acknowledges that Illinois Heart and Vascular and the Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute is following best practices in patient care.”
Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute formed in 2010 when Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals, Adventist Health Partners and the cardiology practice of Illinois Heart and Vascular announced the formation of an integrated cardiology program, the first of its kind in the Chicagoland area between a cardiology physician practice and multiple hospitals.
Adventist Heart and Vascular Institute offers the newest and most innovative technology available in cardiovascular care, including cardiac computed tomography (cardiac CT). Using advanced imaging capabilities and three-dimensional reconstruction, doctors can now see the walls and the insides of the blood vessels of the heart, brain, lungs, abdomen, and legs completely non-invasively. Using this technology, many patients now avoid invasive catheter angiography.
For more information about the American College of Cardiology and the Cardiology Practice Recognition program, visit www.cardiosource.org/ACC. For more information about Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute and its Bridges to Excellence Recognitions, visit www.hci3.org.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.email@example.com; 630-312-7508