Date: 3rd February, 2017, Kolkata

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, the leader in the provision of cutting-edge healthcare services in Eastern India, has been named as an International Centre of Excellence by the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The recognition, a first for an Indian healthcare facility, acknowledges the highest standards of medical practice and continuous dedication to the provision of quality cardiovascular care as pioneered by the cardiology team at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals.

Heart disease has been recognized as the world's number one killer, and spares no race, age or sex. The ACC International Centres of Excellence, across countries and continents, are known for driving transformations in the care for and improvement of cardiac health by increasing awareness. They promote the prevention of cardiac diseases in ways that have a significant impact on overall patient health and wellbeing, and engage in vital research that helps ensure a healthy heart for all.

Dr Richard Chazal, President, American College of Cardiology, explained, "International Centres of Excellence are committed to the improvement of heart health in their communities and seek ways to improve the care they provide. Participation in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry makes them part of a network of providers that share best practices to improve cardiovascular care. Together members of the global cardiovascular community can work most effectively to prevent and treat heart disease."

Programs accepted as ACC International Centres of Excellence must be certificated by a recognized accreditation organization, have a cardiovascular team that actively pursues continuing education, and participate in at least one of the ACC's National Cardiovascular Data Registry, meeting registry-specific quality metrics. As the first and only JCI-accredited hospital in Eastern India, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata, renowned for having the highest number of DNB cardiology students in the region, will be continuing its participation in the ACC's registry programs. The access to ACC meeting and educational resources will be a particularly useful support in the Hospitals' continuing commitment towards ensuring superior cardiovascular care for the people of the region

Prof (Dr) Rabin Chakraborty, Regional Director and Head, Apollo Gleneagles Heart Institutes, Kolkata, noted, "Our cardiology team, led by senior consultants, is well equipped to handle all heart-related emergencies round the clock. With three world-class cardiac catheterization labs, advanced electrophysiology and ICD-implantation capabilities, and state-of-the-art technologies like OCT and IVUS, the team delivers a care regimen that is comparable with some of the best facilities around the world."

Dr Rupali Basu, President and CEO ER, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, observed, "This is a happy occasion for the entire Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals family. Over the years, a continued focus on quality and clinical excellence has ensured that we are considered as the leaders of healthcare in the region, and this recognition from a prestigious global body like the ACC serves as a reaffirmation. Our Cardiology Department, with its world-class setup for both treatment and research, has attracted international talent from regions like Egypt, Ukraine and the Middle East, and will surely continue its tryst with the best-in-class care in the days to come."

A team comprising of Barbara Christenson, Director of NCDR Registry Services; Connie Liu, International Affairs Lead for International Centres of Excellence; Alyssa McCormick, International Affairs Lead for Programs and Education; and Birgit Roy, Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships and Business Development, from the ACC were present at the announcement made at the Hospital's auditorium.

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