Frye is Named UnitedHealth Premiumsm Cardiac Specialty Center 
Tuesday, 29 November 2005 

Hickory, NC –Frye Regional Medical Center announced today that it has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium (sm) cardiac specialty center, reflecting national recognition of the cardiac care it provides. 
“We have always been proud of the quality care we deliver to our patients,” said Denny Bruns, Frye President and CEO.  “Our staff works hard to ensure that patient care is a top priority, and this recognition offers further evidence of the high standard of cardiac care we deliver every day.”

The UnitedHealth Premium designation program for cardiac care identifies hospitals and specialists nationwide that are leaders in providing cardiac care.  Hospitals are invited to apply for the designation. 

“All hospitals are not the same.  Where you go makes a difference in the type and quality of the care you receive,” said Lewis Sandy, M.D., an internist and executive vice president of clinical strategies at UnitedHealthcare.  “Patients who require cardiac care need to know that they are getting quality treatment.  These centers have been selected from hospitals in our network using criteria built on nationally recognized medical standards and expert independent physician advice.” 

The UnitedHealth Premium program evaluates and recognizes specific hospital and physician capabilities.  These capabilities include their quality processes, adherence to evidenced-based approaches, compliance with nationally recognized guidelines published by clinical societies and their broad capabilities to handle cardiac illness and its treatment through a continuum of stages.  The program also measures hospital efficiency by analyzing the aggregate cost of care at an individual patient level for a complete treatment episode. 

The UnitedHealth Premium program will conduct an annual review of Frye Regional Medical Center’s performance against independently created criteria.
“We look forward to continually demonstrating our commitment to quality patient care,” said Bruns. 

Frye Regional Medical Center is a 355-bed acute care facility located at 420 North Center Street in Hickory, NC.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of Catawba County since 1911.  The hospital’s main campus includes a comprehensive heart center and cardiopulmonary rehab, skilled nursing unit, orthopedics, bariatric surgery, inpatient rehabilitation unit, outpatient rehabilitation services, pediatrics, center for neurosciences, cancer center and women’s pavilion.  Frye has several extended campuses to serve families throughout the area including: Frye Wellness and Education Center which houses the Center For Diabetes Self-Management Care, perinatal education and community wellness classes; South Campus for psychiatric services; Viewmont and Tate Surgery Centers; Vein and Wound Center/Infusion Care; Pain Center; Piedmont Therapy, offering sports and industrial rehabilitation; an urgent care facility; FryeCare, an outpatient diagnostic facility; Alexander Campus, which provides 24 hour emergency care along with diagnostic and laboratory services and infusion care; plus HealthPoint, which provides extensive industrial services and programs to employers.

Frye Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about the hospital, visit