The Wright Center for Primary Care Clarks Summit has been named a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champion. The designation is a result of the organization’s commitment to heart health and proven success in helping patients maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Twenty-four organizations across the country were recognized; The Wright Center is the only organization in Pennsylvania to be selected.
Led by Clarks Summit Medical Director, William Dempsey, MD, The Wright Center for Primary Care Clarks Summit’s team of clinicians achieved this milestone as a continuation of their commitment to excellence in patient care. Dempsey states, “This award reflects the hard work of The Wright Center’s team, led by the vision and direction of President and CEO, Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD.” Dr. Dempsey credits his team, particularly colleague, Susan Baroody, DO, for her dedication to ensuring heart health remains a clinical priority.
According to the CDC, nearly 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and strokes. Less than half of adults with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Millions of Americans have high blood pressure that is undiagnosed or untreated.
“We are excited to host this Challenge and showcase successful strategies used by our 2017 Champions to keep blood pressure under safe control, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and save lives,” said Janet Wright, MD, a board-certified cardiologist and executive director of Million Hearts. “We had a higher than ever number of entrants this year, and we hope that these Champions inspire teams all over the country to make hypertension control a priority. We are already looking forward to celebrating the achievements of future Champions in the years to come.”
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