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Honor recognizes comprehensive care to treat heart disease, nation's leading cause of death for women

East County News Service

February 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, a nationwide referral source that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on clinical criteria and surveys. The award signifies that Sharp Grossmont Hospital is in the top 9 percent of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite increased awareness over the past decade, only 54 percent of women recognize that heart disease is a leading killer of females. What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” causes approximately 1 in every 4 female deaths in the U.S. every year and it takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined.

“With such strong prevalence of heart disease, every woman should know where to find the very best heart care before she ever has an incident,” says Delia Passi, founder and CEO of The Women’s Choice Award. “We help women by conducting evidence-based research and recognizing the hospitals that could one day save their lives.”

The methodology used to select Sharp Grossmont Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care is unique in that it evaluates:

  • The number of cardiac/vascular services offered. Recognized hospitals must offer at least six of the following services: Cardiac Catheter Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Surgery, Carotid Stenting, Coronary Interventions, Electrophysiology, Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery and Coronary Intensive Care (CCU).
  • 30-day mortality and readmission rates for heart attack and failure
  • Patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey
  • Primary research about women’s health care preferences

“With February designated as American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day supporting women’s heart health, this is timely to be recognized by women in our community and across the nation for the cardiovascular care we provide,” says Joyce Mcginty, director of Sharp Grossmont Hospital Heart & Vascular Services. “Each day our experienced team strives to provide compassionate care, while also utilizing some of the latest treatments to help our patients. We are honored to receive this national award.” 

For more information about the 2017 America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care, please visit

About Sharp Grossmont Hospital:

Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been serving the East County community for 60 years. It is the largest not-for-profit, full-service, acute-care hospital in San Diego’s East County and is part of Sharp HealthCare. The hospital is known for its clinical excellence in emergency and critical care, cardiac and cancer care, surgery, stroke care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, behavioral health, women’s and children’s health and hospice care. The hospital offers extensive outpatient services and prevention programs such as home infusion, sleep disorder care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine to support Sharp HealthCare’s emphasis on community health and wellness. Sharp Grossmont is a Magnet-designated hospital and committed to providing the highest quality care. To learn more about Sharp Grossmont Hospital, visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).

About the Women’s Choice Award®:

The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart health care choices by identifying the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2016 for a second consecutive year. Visit to learn more. 



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