May 31, 2012 Mobile, Alabama—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association (AHA/ ASA) today announced that 24 local physicians affiliated with Providence Hospital have received Recognition from the Heart/Stroke Recognition Program for providing quality care to patients with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke. 

The physicians recognized are:


The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke receive. To receive recognition, the physicians submitted data that demonstrate performance that meets the Program's key cardiovascular and stroke care measures. These measures include blood pressure and cholesterol control, among others. When people with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke receive quality care as outlined by these measures, they are less likely to suffer additional complications, such as a second heart attack or stroke.

This latest recognition is part of an ongoing initiative among the physicians and practices that comprise Providence Hospital’s affiliated physician network, according to Clark P. Christianson, president and CEO of the Providence Health Ministry.  “We have three practices, Mobile Diagnostic Center, Providence Family Physicians – Airport and Providence Family Physicians – Citronelle, that have earned NCQA recognition as Patient-Centered Medical Homes,” said Christianson.  “The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family,” according to the NCQA website, www.ncqa.org.   Additionally, the 24 physicians listed above have all received Recognition through the NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program.

“Quality patient care translates into lives saved,” said Sidney Smith, Professor of Medicine,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Past President and Past Chief Science Officer of the American Heart Association. “This is why the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is supporting a recognition program for clinicians providing quality care. This program closes the gap by putting into practice American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association guidelines and statements to fight heart disease and stroke.”

About Providence Hospital
Providence Hospital, a 349-bed facility and member of Ascension Health, cares for more than 14,000 inpatients and 160,000 outpatients each year. Providence Hospital is affiliated with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network®, a subsidiary of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center recognized as the nation’s leader in cancer care. Other specialized services offered at Providence include open-heart surgery, obstetrics, a freestanding rehabilitation and wellness center and an Outpatient Center with dedicated outpatient diagnostic services and surgical suites. Providence has performed more open-heart surgeries than any other area hospital in five of the last seven years, and delivers more babies than any other private hospital in Mobile.


About NCQA
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2010, NCQA is a. private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.  NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.  NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.  NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.



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Michael D. King
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