Heart Center Recognized for Excellence by UnitedHealth Group®

May 14, 2004

The Heart Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has been selected by UnitedHealth Group® to join a newly created network of hospitals and physicians that provide high quality and cost-effective care for patients with complex heart disease.

The Heart Center will be recognized by UnitedHealth Group as a Cardiac Center of Excellence.

The UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Network is made up of 132 facilities in 30 states that it will promote as premier cardiac centers. Medical centers and physicians in the network were selected based on reputation and published data as well as feedback from the facilities and physicians themselves.

Information is provided in critical areas including:

  • Volume and type of cardiac procedures performed.

  • Physician and ancillary team experience.

  • Emergency care and safety procedures.

  • Range of cardiac specialty care offered.


"The UnitedHealth Premium Cardiac Network offers a great example of the types of criteria and qualifications employers are beginning to insist on when purchasing health care for their employees. All patients deserve access to health care services that provide the highest levels of safety, quality, and efficiency, said Rich Lundy, administrative director of Cardiology Diagnostic Services at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

"Our evidence-based approach to cardiovascular medicine benefits both businesses and consumers by recognizing and promoting quality and safety while maximizing access to better and more affordable care. We are please to be recognized as a Cardiac Center of Excellence by UnitedHealth Group."

Patients covered by UnitedHealth Group can get information on the Cardiology Premium Network online at www.myuhc.com, or by contacting their UnitedHealth Group representative.

UnitedHealth Group is America’s largest national health plan with 18.8 million members. The Heart Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is rated among America’s best by U.S. News & World Report and is named one of the "44 Top Cardiac Centers for Women" in America by Good Housekeeping magazine.


Media Contacts: Jim Steele, jsteele@wfubmc.edu; Shannon Koontz, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu; or Karen Richardson, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu, at 336-716-4587.

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