PLATTSBURGH CVPH Medical Center has received two clinical excellence awards for its cardiac program from HealthGrades, the leading healthcare ratings organization in the country. During a press conference held at the hospital Oct. 14, it was announced CVPH has received the Cardiac Care Excellence Award and the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for the second year in a row, placing CVPHs clinical outcomes in the top 10 percent nationally for both of these recognized areas of care. Its truly something to celebrate, said CVPH president and chief executive officer Stephens C. Mundy. We were here about a year ago with the surprise when we first got recognized by HealthGrades [for the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award]. And as a very young, immature program, we were thrilled to have this recognition. In a press release provided by CVPH, it is explained the hospital first made plans to introduce coronary angioplasty and heart surgery in August 2002. The Champlain Valley Heart Center opened in January 2005, with electrophysiology services added in September 2006, providing a full-service heart program. For this year we anticipate doing over 150 open heart surgeries, announced Mundy. Which is a record for our program. We will do approximately 400 angioplasties, and we will do 300 electrophysiology patients. In addition to an increase in surgeries, CVPH also added a new cardiologist in September, Dr. Seema Loudha, and will bring on board Dr. Chanderdeep Singh, a cardiothoracic surgeon, next month. So, we continue to grow, we continue to attract excellent providers and its really the staff here and our patients that have allowed these people to come on, Mundy said. Approximately 40 percent of our patients are now coming for angioplasty and open heart surgery from outside Clinton County, announced Michael Hildebran, CVPH director of public relations and marketing. So, there is truly no question that CVPH is truly becoming a regional center. Because of the positive changes being made at CVPH, Robin Flint, the hospitals new service line director for cardiovascular services, came on board two months ago from a hospital in Buffalo. I left that program to come here because I saw the potential, number one, of the program, and I also saw the commitment of the administration, the staff, the physicians, but more importantly the community in general, to having this program succeed, said Flint. I feel what we do here touches the community. As the program grows, the biggest challenge is to make sure that quality continues, said Dr. Timothy Garrand, a cardiologist with Lake Champlain Cardiology. I think all these awards are markers that this is indeed happening ... The people are getting not only good care, but getting great care. And theyre doing it right here in Northern New York.