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SVMH Receives Gold Performance Achievement Award

American Heart Association to present award at tomorrow's
meeting of the SVMHS Board of Directors

What:   Award Presentation
When:  Thursday, July 16, 2009; 2:00pm
Where: Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas, CA; Cislini Plaza Conference Room

SALINAS, JULY 15, 2009 — Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System recently received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines -Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Salinas Valley Memorial's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.

Under the Get With The Guidelines -CAD program, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation/weight management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before they are discharged. Hospitals that receive the Get With The Guidelines -CAD Gold Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 24 consecutive months that at least 85 percent of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association's recommended treatment guidelines.

"The American Heart Association applauds Salinas Valley Memorial for its success in implementing the appropriate evidence-based care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events and deaths in cardiovascular disease patients," said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. "Salinas Valley Memorial has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments."

"Salinas Valley Memorial is dedicated to making our Heart Program among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program is helping us

accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients," said Irene Neumeister, Senior Vice President of Patient Care and Cardiovascular Services at Salinas Valley Memorial. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care."

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 610,000 people suffer a new heart attack and 325,000 experience a recurrent heart attack each year. Statistics also show 1.26 million individuals are affected by CAD* each year. Additionally, one in five deaths in the United States is caused by CAD.

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