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Hickory Hospital Receives High Ranking From National Publication

Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, has been named a 2022-2023 High Performing Hospital for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News’ Best Hospitals Procedures & Conditions ratings.

The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or elective procedures. Frye Regional Medical Center earned the High Performing Hospital ratings for Heart Attack, Heart Failure and COPD in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes.

For the 2022-2023 Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Fewer than half of all hospitals received any High Performing rating, and only four earned this rating in all procedures and conditions. State and metro area rankings reflect the highest performing hospitals in the area across multiple areas of care.

The U.S. News Procedures & Conditions methodology is based entirely on objective measures of quality such as survival rates, patient experience, and how successfully each hospital helps patients get back home. For more information, visit Best Hospitals.

The Frye Regional Heart Center is the first Duke Health heart affiliate in western North Carolina. Backed by the resources of Duke Heart, Frye Regional is home to select Duke faculty physicians and has full access to current Duke training and staff education, evidence-based guidelines, and quality initiatives when it comes to heart and heart-related issues. Frye Regional is the only comprehensive heart and lung center offering a full array of both interventional and surgical capabilities in the Catawba Valley region, providing 24/7 access to interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, pulmonology, and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.

The Heart Center team performs more than 4,500 heart caths and other interventional procedures per year. In 2021, over 250 life-saving heart and lung surgeries were performed at Frye Regional, close to home.

The hospital is also an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) by the American College of Cardiology. Accredited Chest Pain Centers are designed to enhance patient care by decreasing the time to treatment for heart attack.

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[News release courtesy of Ann Metz, Director of Marketing & Communications, Frye Regional Medical Center]