March 06, 2017

Houston, Texas, March 6, 2017- Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become recognized as a health concern in some cases can lead to stroke and possible death. The American College of Cardiology estimates that 5 million individuals currently live with AFib, which can manifest in fluttering or racing heart beats and can lead to stroke or death, and by 2030, more than 12 million people will need care for the condition and as the population ages these numbers are rapidly increasing.

"This certification demonstrates West Houston Medical Center’s commitment to providing the highest quality heart care to our patients," West Houston Medical CEO Megan Marietta said, "Being the first in Texas to earn the atrial fibrillation accreditation is further validation our cardiac care team has the skills, knowledge and dedication to provide the most revolutionary heart care in Houston."

West Houston Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive review by an accreditation review specialist from the ACC. West Houston Medical Center's evidence-based and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to determine patients' risks to decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and the hospital. The accreditation designation allows West Houston Medical Center to better manage patients with AFib, strive for improved outcomes and promote education among patients, their providers and the community.

About West Houston Medical Center

West Houston Medical Center is a full-service hospital serving the West Houston community for over 30 years. This Joint Commission accredited facility provides a range of care including emergency services; neurosurgery services, inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostic services; bariatric/weight loss surgery; wound care; sleep disorder services; cardiovascular care; woman’s services and more. WHMC is recognized as a Certified Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, and a recipient of the TMF Quality Improvement Award. Under an affiliation agreement with The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, WHMC brings to its community The Woman’s Hospital of Texas at West Houston, a 3-story cardiac and critical care tower. In Sugar Land, the Sugar Land Cancer Center and the Sugar Land Diagnostic Center are located on the Southwest Freeway at the Williams Trace and Sugar Lakes exit. The diagnostic center and cancer center facilities are departments of West Houston Medical Center. Visit our website at www.WestHoustonMedical.com

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, and diagnostic imaging facilities. It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas’ residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include: 13 hospitals, 8 ambulatory centers, 6 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one-phone-call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals, as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150-mile radius. For more information, visit our website at www.HCAGulfCoast.com