CONWAY, SC– Conway Medical Center (CMC) is excited to now be one of only two Duke Health Affiliates in Heart in South Carolina and the only in the region. This affiliation provides our team with access to Duke Heart Center’s experience and expertise to enhance CMC’s heart care services in our community. The Duke Heart Center is currently ranked among the top heart programs in the nation for adult cardiology and heart surgery by the US News & World Report 2018.
“Conway Medical Center is excited to further expand our cardiovascular program and join the Duke Heart Network,” said Bret Barr, President and CEO of CMC. “CMC has been a leader in the healthcare industry in Horry County since 1928, providing award-winning services and high-quality medical care. This affiliation further demonstrates CMC’s commitment to evolving and meeting the ever-changing needs of our area.”
Through this affiliation, the Duke Heart Network will work closely with the cardiovascular services team at CMC to assist in translating the latest evidence-based guidelines and practices for adoption into best practices to enhance the quality of cardiovascular care in the community. The Duke Heart Network consists of dedicated experts experienced in developing, sustaining, and growing premier cardiovascular programs. This team facilitate access to national thought leaders from the Duke Heart Center who form the basis for the latest practice guidelines and quality metrics for cardiovascular care.
“Quality is the cornerstone of everything we do at Duke,” said Amy Kessenich, MHA/MPA, RN, Senior Director of the Duke Heart Network. “We understand that organizations and communities differ, which is why we work closely with hospital leaders, staff and local clinicians to identify and implement the processes that best serve each community’s cardiovascular needs. We look forward to implementing those processes here in Horry County to drive positive outcomes for patients.”
CMC and Duke Health formed and will maintain this affiliation through a rigorous process which starts with a baseline, comprehensive cardiovascular program review. That review is conducted by a dedicated Duke team of experts experienced in developing, sustaining, and growing premier cardiovascular programs. Following the review, CMC and the Duke Heart Network will develop a collaborative work plan which will drive the next steps and define the expected outcomes.
Conway Medical Center is defined by its historical ability to consistently meet the healthcare needs of Horry County. The nonprofit medical center, was established in 1928 as Horry County’s first hospital and has 210 inpatient beds; an Outpatient Diagnostic Center and Conway Physicians Group (CPG), a multi-specialty group of 19 physician offices affiliated with the hospital.
About Duke Heart Network
With the resources of the Duke Heart Center, ranked among the top heart programs in the nation for adult cardiology and heart surgery (US News & World Report, 2018), the Duke Heart Network is comprised of seven hospitals across the eastern United States. The DHN includes a multidisciplinary team of Duke Health experts who collaborate with affiliates to translate the latest evidence-based guidelines into best practices to enhance the quality of cardiovascular care in their local communities. The Duke Heart Network facilitates process improvement to achieve exceptional outcomes through data analytics and benchmarking and supports continuous learning through ongoing education.