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Published on August 24, 2020

Bryan Medical Center First in Nebraska, One of 28 in the U.S. to Earn HeartCARE Center Designation

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has awarded Bryan Medical Center the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence for its commitment to high-quality cardiovascular care. Bryan is the first hospital in Nebraska and one of only 28 hospitals in the U.S. to attain this highest recognition from the ACC.

“Being a HeartCARE Center is one more way patients and families can be assured they are getting leading heart care in our region,” said Dr. Matt Johnson, cardiologist and executive medical director of Bryan Heart. “To be the first hospital in Nebraska to earn HeartCARE Center designation is a tremendous accomplishment that reflects our passion for patients and their care.”

The HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence accreditation shines a light on an elite group of hospitals across the country that go above and beyond to ensure each patient has access to comprehensive and high-quality cardiovascular care. Hospitals and health systems that have earned this recognition have met a detailed set of criteria, including participation in ACC accreditation services programs, the National Cardiovascular Data Registry and targeted quality improvement campaigns designed to help institutions close gaps in guideline-based care.

“The accreditation process not only validated our wonderful care, but has set our heart services on a course for continual improvement,” said Jennifer Preston, director of cardiac and vascular services at Bryan Medical Center. “It was truly a team effort.”

Hospitals receiving HeartCARE Center designation from the ACC have proven their commitment through comprehensive process improvement, disease and procedure-specific accreditation, professional excellence and community engagement. Bryan Medical Center also was recently awarded Cardiac Cath Lab and Electrophysiology Accreditation.

“Bryan Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing their region with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award the HeartCARE Center designation to this outstanding facility.”

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