Cardiac Cath Lab Receives Accreditation

Augusta, Ga. – University Hospital announced today that its cardiac catheterization lab has been accredited by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence, an organization dedicated to ensuring adherence to the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care. ACE accreditation is a professional review of an organization’s structure, internal processes, patient safety practices and clinical outcomes to determine if it meets the standards established by experts in cardiac and endovascular care. University Hospital’s catheterization lab is part of the Heart & Vascular Institute’s interventional cardiac program – the oldest, largest and most experienced in the region.

“ACE accreditation takes catheterization labs from good to great in terms of achieving quality patient care,” said Brenda Aiken, director of Cardiovascular Invasive Suites at University Hospital. “This accreditation signifies University Hospital’s ongoing commitment to providing the highest-quality care for our patients and improving the health of those we serve.”

 “We congratulate University Hospital for seeking and obtaining an ACE cardiac catheterization accreditation,” said ACE Chief Medical Officer Bonnie Weiner, M.D. “By submitting to a rigorous, independent evaluation, this facility has shown an uncompromising commitment to provide safe, high-quality care.”

ACE is committed to helping facilities that deliver interventional cardiovascular care to provide gold-standard healthcare by measuring the facility’s practices, personnel, processes and outcomes against nationally-accepted best-practice standards. Implemented to supplement existing quality-improvement programs, the ACE outcomes-based accreditation promotes uniform benchmarks, and improves appropriate utilization via an independent, third-party evaluation of facilities and practices.

The ACE evaluation process involves an in-depth independent review of personnel, quality-assurance processes, facility equipment, and outcomes information. All data collected is measured against nationally-accepted standards for the highest-quality cardiovascular care. Facilities who undergo this voluntary and rigorous process demonstrate an exceptional commitment to providing the best possible care to patients.

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