Trinity Hospital Named Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care�

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 26, 2010
Contact: Mary Muhlbradt
(701) 857-5116, Fax: (701) 857-5683
mary.muhlbradt@trinityhealth.org

Trinity Health Cardiac Blue DistinctionTrinity Hospital Named Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care�

(MINOT, ND—Trinity Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Blue Distinction program recognizes medical facilities that exceed clinically verified quality standards, resulting in the best outcomes for patients.
Among the criteria met by Trinity:

An established cardiac care program that performs the required annual volumes of procedures, including angioplasty and bypass surgery,

A full range of cardiac services, including inpatient cardiac care and cardiac rehabilitation,

Low overall complication and mortality rates,

Subspecialty board certification of the cardiac team, and

Ongoing quality improvement program processes.

Dr. Samir Turk, an interventional cardiologist with Trinity Medical Group, said Trinity Health offers a comprehensive array of cardiovascular procedures, including coronary artery and valvular heart surgery, coronary intervention with stents, arterial disease (PAD) evaluation and treatment, aortic aneurysm treatment with endoluminal grafts, defibrillator and pacemaker insertion and assessment, and dedicated pacemaker/defibrillator and anticoagulation clinics.

“This recognition speaks to the overall strength of our program – the experience and skill of our team, the innovative approaches, the low mortality,” Dr. Turk stated. “My hope is that patients will consider these factors and choose us as their cardiac provider.”

He noted, for example, that Trinity Hospital continuously scores very favorably in national comparisons regarding the speed with which caregivers are able to get heart attack patients into the Cath Lab for definitive treatment

Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.