Medical Center wins award for clinical excellence

The Medical Center has won the 2008 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence because of its clinical performance in the area of acute myocardial infarction, or AMI.

"Timely and effective care of heart attack patients saves lives and health care dollars," Dr. Trent Howard, chief medical officer of VHA Inc., said in a statement. "The Medical Center is a shining example of what can be achieved when a hospital's actions are guided by the pursuit of clinical excellence."

The Columbus hospital is one of 16 VHA member hospitals across the U.S. to receive the award.

VHA is an Irving, Tex.-based national healthcare alliance that supports regional and national networks to help members improve their clinical and economic performance. It serves more than 1,400 nonprofit hospitals and 21,000 non-acute care organizations across the country.