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Dr. Oz to Visit CaroMont Health as Part of New Partnership with Columbia University Medical Center's HeartSource


Gastonia, NC – June 7, 2010 – CaroMont Health announced today a strategic partnership with Columbia University Medical Center’s HeartSource, a cardiovascular clinical and management group services team from the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (NYPH/CUMC).

Columbia HeartSource will partner with CaroMont Health by providing its particular expertise and experience. Columbia HeartSource will make available to CaroMont Health clinical and quality guidance and access to Columbia clinical research trials, as well as physician training and education in innovative cardiovascular procedures. CUMC’s cardiovascular division was ranked sixth in the nation in 2009 by the U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Hospitals survey.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a well-known television personality and author, is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Columbia University Medical Center. As part of CaroMont Health’s new partnership with CUMC through Columbia HeartSource, Dr. Oz is making a one-time personal appearance at CaroMont Health’s CaroMont Regional Medical Center Campus on July 7th to speak to a reserved seat audience.

Columbia University Medical Center’s Cardiac Surgery Section is among the most recognized in the world, performing 2,000 adult and pediatric open-heart procedures a year, and more than 8,000 invasive cardiac procedures. CaroMont Health President and CEO Valinda Rutledge is pleased with the alliance, “ This partnership will allow CaroMont Health to build upon its current cardiovascular program success and take it to new levels. In keeping with the vision of CaroMont Health, the partnership will enhance the health of the community by creating a world-class, Cardiovascular Institute through excellence in clinical care, quality, academics and innovation. Ultimately, this new relationship means we will all benefit from the expertise of one of the world’s leading cardiac care hospitals.”

About CaroMont Health. CaroMont Health in Gastonia, North Carolina is a regional, independent, not-for-profit health care system, and nationally recognized “value-based”


healthcare provider (high quality, low cost). CaroMont Health is the only hospital in the region named by Thompson-Reuters as a 100 Top Hospital for quality care, and is one of only two HealthGrades’ Clinical Excellence recipients in North Carolina. CaroMont Health is among an elite group of only 19 selected participants (out of 3,000 national hospitals/systems) engaged in demonstrating “Accountable Care Organizations” (hospitals focused on accountability for highest outcomes at the lowest cost for individualized patient care). CaroMont is engaged in innovative Chronic Disease Management pilot projects in partnership with local and regional employers, is implementing innovative prevention and wellness focused on individual and population health, and has a unique national partnership with GE and Sg2 to reduce costs and create integrated and coordinated systems of care. CaroMont Health also is among a select few hospitals to be granted affiliation with Columbia HeartSource of New York—a clinical partnership that provides patient access to world-class clinical guidance and research trials. CaroMont was recently upgraded by S & P to an AA bond-rating category—based on key rating factors that include: exceptional quality and clinical outcomes, excellence in governance and management structure, comprehensive information technology infrastructure, engaged excellence and integrated medical staff, fiscal accountability, operating performance, strong financial position and low cost structure.

CaroMont Health System encompasses CaroMont Regional Medical Center with 435-beds; Courtland Terrace, a 96-bed skilled nursing facility; Gaston Hospice, which includes the 12-bed Robin Johnson House inpatient facility; and CaroMont Medical Group, a network of 44 primary and specialty physician offices. The CaroMont Heart Center provides a full range of life-saving cardiac care, including open heart surgery. Additionally, the CaroMont Cancer Center provides advanced 3-D radiation treatment planning and chemotherapy. An expansive, surgical suite offers the latest advancements such as stereotactic technology, which utilizes computer simulation, microscopic surgery and x-ray images to achieve pinpoint accuracy. CaroMont also offers a level III neonatal intensive care unit for high risk infants and a pre-adolescent psychiatric center. CaroMont Health is proactively engaged is achieving its vision: To be a nationally recognized leader and valued partner in promoting individual health and vibrant communities. CaroMont Health employs 3,800 health care professionals, including a medical staff membership of 455.

CaroMont Quality Awards

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care

CIGNA highest quality rating for Patient Outcomes in Angioplasty, Cardiac Catheterization, Colon Surgery, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting, Craniotomy-Adult, Disc Surgery, Heart Attack, and Spinal Fusion

Top Performer status (3rd highest score among all participating U.S hospitals, and highest score of any NC hospital) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Premier Healthcare Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration project

Aetna – Recognized Institute of Quality Cardiac Care

Advanced Certification in Stroke Care from the Joint Commission

Advanced Certification in Diabetes Care from the Joint Commission

Hospital Value Index: Top 100 Best in Value Hospital

American Heart Association Heart Failure Silver and Bronze Performance Achievement Awards.

Certification in Hip and Knee Surgery from the Joint Commission


Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award from College of Surgeons

ACS MIDAS+ Platinum Quality Award Winner for Excellence in Clinical Performance

HealthGrades – 7 five-star designations in Back and Neck Surgery (spinal fusion), Heart Valve Replacement Surgery, Sepsis Care, Respiratory Failure Care, Pulmonary Care and Gastrointestinal Procedures & Surgeries. This includes an award for excellence in care of the Back and Neck Surgery

Cleverley + Associates Five-Star Honor for high community value

Among only 6% of national hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition status for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Association




Dallas Wilborn

CaroMont Health

(704) 834-2227