MUMC Cardiac Care Earns Premium Designation

(January 29, 2008) – Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) is the only hospital in southeast Georgia that has received the UnitedHealth Premium® Cardiac Specialty Center designation for quality care.

To earn the designation, MUMC had to meet extensive quality and outcomes criteria based on nationally recognized medical standards and expert advice. The criteria incorporate measurements of breadth and depth of care, staff experience, emergency care, quality, and outcomes reporting.

“We are extremely proud of this designation as it recognizes not only the high standards and full scope of our cardiac care program, but also the skill and dedication of our staff,” said James Miller, M.D., medical director for the Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial University Medical Center.

UnitedHealthcare developed the UnitedHealth Premium Specialty Center designation to give its members information about and access to cardiac hospitals that meet rigorous quality standards. The designation is based on proficiencies submitted to UnitedHealthcare and is designed to help members make informed decisions when they need cardiac care.

UnitedHealthcare provides a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services. The company organizes access to quality, affordable healthcare services on behalf of more than 26 million individual consumers, contracting directly with more than 535,000 physicians and care professionals and 4,700 hospitals nationwide to offer consumers broad, convenient access to services.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 530-bed tertiary medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. Memorial University Medical Center has been named a Distinguished Hospital by J.D. Power and Associates four years in a row for providing an outstanding patient experience.