Hospital shows support for healthy hearts

Photo provided Phoenixville Hospital employees showed their support for the American Heart association on Friday by making donations and wearing red.

PHOENIXVILLE -- Employees at Phoenixville Hospital were "seeing red," as they participated in National Wear Red Day this past Friday.

By wearing red clothing and making a donation, the hospital employees helped the American Heart Association (AHA) raise much-needed dollars for heart research and educational programs.

Steve Tullman, CEO, Phoenixville Hospital, said he was glad to see so many employees wearing red on Friday.

"We were proud to have joined the American Heart Association and other concerned companies and organizations across America in the fight against the number one killer of women -- as well as of men," said Tullman. "Wear Red Day was a chance for us to continue to arm ourselves with knowledge about this disease and to raise funds that will help the American Heart Association advance its research and education efforts."

Tullman said that the Heart Center at Phoenixville Hospital's team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons provide complete care that begins with the diagnosis of a heart condition, and continues throughout surgery and into post-surgery treatment.

"At Phoenixville Hospital, the qualified physicians, excellent equipment,

and convenient location combine to provide an unparalleled patient experience," he said.

In 2008, the AHA recognized Phoenixville Hospital for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients using the association's Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program.

Phoenixville Hospital was one of 518 other hospitals that were featured in a section in the July 21 "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News and World Report.

Phoenixville Hospital received the Silver Award this year for their efforts with the program.

In 2007, the hospital won the Bronze Award, and in 2009, they are eligible for the Gold Award.

In a previous interview, Dr. Kathleen Magness, section chief of cardiology, Phoenixville Hospital, said the program rewards hospitals for using their program, which is using the best evidence based medicine available.

"They want us to prove to them that what we do leads to the best medical outcome," said Magness. "This is an achievement from an important leadership in cardiology that we are meeting their standards. We've been doing this for the past several years. We won a Bronze last year and we won the Silver because we've done it two years in a row. Next year, we're going for the Gold."

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