Mercy Receives Award for Women’s Cardiac Services

March 1, 2016

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas was recognized this month as one of “America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care” for the hospital’s commitment to meeting the cardiac health care needs of female patients.

The designation came from the Women’s Choice Award, which identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on evidence-based criteria that consider patient satisfaction and clinical excellence among female patients.

“Considering that heart disease is the number one killer of women across the country, helping her find the best in cardiac care is how we empower women to make the best health care choices for themselves and for their family,” says Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award.

According to the American Heart Association, one in three female deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease or stroke, but 80 percent of those deaths could have been prevented through lifestyle changes and the use of proper lifesaving techniques and equipment.

Heart disease in women often presents with more mild symptoms than the classic chest pains and shortness of breath, making it a silent killer. These mild yet serious symptoms may include extreme fatigue, an impending sense of doom and pain on the right side of the body (as opposed to the typical pain on the left side). Recognizing and treating those symptoms immediately could save lives.

“We are truly honored to be among an elite group of hospitals nationwide to receive this award as a top hospital for cardiac care among women,” said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. “At Mercy, we are committed to helping our patients make changes in their lives to prevent heart disease or stroke. In instances where the disease cannot be prevented, our highly trained team is also ready to treat patients using the latest technology.”

Mercy is accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and as a SHAPE (Society of Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication) Center of Excellence for its efforts to reduce heart attacks and sudden cardiac death in Northwest Arkansas based on coronary calcium scoring. Mercy’s cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program is also accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Mercy is the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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 as #1088 on the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2015, as well as selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch in 2015, a statewide program managed by GrowFL which celebrates the Florida’s top second stage companies. Visit to learn more.

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