Metro-East News

August 8, 2014

St. Elizabeth's Hospital cardiology department wins award

The cardiology department at St. Elizabeth's Hospital has been awarded for excellence for the second consecutive year.

On Friday, the Belleville hospital announced it has received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry-GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2014. St. Elizabeth's Hospital is one of only 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

Bonnie Schnieder, director of Heart and Vascular Services at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, said this award reflects the hospital's ongoing commitment to patient care.

"I believe more than anything, this shows the dedication to the quality that we provide," Schnieder. "We are doing a good job meeting all of the guidelines that the American College of Cardiology puts forward for us. We adhere to that by going above and beyond so patients have the best possible care."

St. Elizabeth's Hospital cardio lab director Dr. Atul Shah said this award reveals the outstanding service by physicians and staff throughout the hospital.

"Everybody is very closely involved and really interested in making sure that the proper care is given," Shah said.

Shah is also manager of the Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants Ltd., a group of about 75 cardiologists serving patients from Springfield to Carbondale. About 10 of those cardiologists work at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Memorial Hospital, also in Belleville.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 239-2526.

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