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Harlingen Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Harlingen Medical Center is in the top 9% of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer in American women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year—approximately one woman every minute. What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.

“With such strong prevalence of heart disease, every woman should know where to find the very best heart care before she ever has an incident,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of The Women’s Choice Award. “We help women by conducting evidence-based research and recognizing the hospitals that could one day save their lives.”

“It is an honor to receive this prestigious accolade from The Women’s Choice Award®,” said Brenda Ivory, President and Chief Executive Officer at Harlingen Medical Center. “This recognition is a testament to the exceptional care our patients’ receive, here, at Harlingen Medical Center, and, represents another exemplary recognition of Harlingen Medical Center’s commitment to quality and improved patient outcomes.”

The methodology used to select the award-winning and nationally recognized, Harlingen Medical Center, as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care is unique in that it evaluates:

  • The number of cardiac/vascular services offered. Recognized hospitals must offer at least six of the following services: Cardiac Catheter Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Surgery, Carotid Stenting, Coronary Interventions, Electrophysiology, Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery and Coronary Intensive Care (CCU).
  • 30-Day mortality and readmission rates for heart attack and failure.
  • Patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey.
  • Primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

“The Heart Care recognition from The Women’s Choice Award demonstrates that Harlingen Medical Center is dedicated and committed to serving the residents of the Rio Grande Valley with the best in cardiovascular care,” said Ms. Ivory. “The cardiologists’, the cardiovascular surgeons and clinical staff, all work together and have one primary goal, the best possible outcome for our patients; without harm, without waste and with an exceptional experience for both the patient and their family.”

About the Cardiovascular Center

The Cardiovascular Center at Harlingen Medical Center is paving the way for the successful treatment of patients from across South Texas. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and our top-ranked heart team provides minimally-invasive diagnostic testing and treatment, such as coronary artery bypass graft, as well as advanced cardiac and vascular interventions, such as angioplasty, stenting, cardiac ablation, open heart surgery, minimally invasive heart valve repair and replacement.

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About Harlingen Medical Center

Harlingen Medical Center is an award-winning and nationally recognized general acute care hospital.

Located in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley, Harlingen Medical center is a Level IV Trauma Designated hospital offering healthcare in bariatric, cardiology, emergency, gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedic, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology & imaging, sleep lab, thoracic surgery, vascular & endovascular surgery, and wound healing & hyperbaric medicine. All inpatient suites are private.

Harlingen Medical Center’s concept of “Patient Focused Care” puts you, the patient, first! The design, management, staffing, and operation of our hospital are focused on patients’ needs and overall comfort.

About the Women’s Choice Award®

The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year.