Houston, Texas February 03, 2013- SHAPE, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication http://shapesociety.org a nonprofit organization that promotes early detection and prevention of heart attacks and stroke, is proud to announce the addition of two new Centers of Excellence (COE). Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia and Bend Memorial Clinic in Oregon, have joined a distinguished group of 26 other SHAPE Center of Excellence.
Through its partnership with J & J Medical LLC, a company specializing in preventive cardiology training, SHAPE is developing a world class network of hospitals and clinics that have adopted standardized screening protocols using the SHAPE Guidelines. The SHAPE Center of Excellence designation was created and identifies those healthcare institutions dedicated to improving patient outcomes through early detection and prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD).
A primary goal of the program is to increase utilization of coronary artery calcium scoring or carotid IMT through appropriate patient selection by referring physicians. Secondary goals include quality and standardization of image acquisition, reporting, patient management, development of a Centers of Excellence Network, standard data acquisition and benchmarking.
In Cabell Huntington Hospital’s first quarter as a SHAPE COE, it referred 410 patients, identified 65 patients with a calcium score above 400 and received $197,000 in program revenue. Bend Memorial also performed extremely well in its first quarter. It referred 354 patients, identified 45 with a calcium score above 400 and received over $100,000 in program revenue
We congratulate both new Centers of Excellence and wish them continued success with this life-saving program.
The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) is a tax-exempt organization founded by Dr. Morteza Naghavi, former faculty member of the Texas Heart Institute and the University of Texas in Houston. The mission of SHAPE is to promote education and research related to early detection, prevention and treatment of arterial plaque, the most prevalent source of heart attacks. SHAPE is committed to raising public awareness about noninvasive, cost effective screening programs that detect potential heart problems in asymptomatic populations. Additional information is available at http://shapesociety.org or call 713-529-4484.