Our Impressive List of Heart Center Accomplishments
Mercy has helped pioneer some of the nation’s most innovative heart procedures.
Our heart center was the first hospital in Northeast Ohio to perform minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery, a “closed-chest” procedure, which postpones or eliminates the need for open-heart surgery. Mercy Heart Center medical staff performed this area’s first hybrid revascularization, which combines the da Vinci© robotic single-vessel small thoracotomy (SVST) procedure with angioplasty.
Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) became America’s first chest pain center to become fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The ECPC is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab within Mercy’s Emergency Department, where a Mercy cardiologist was the first in the world to perform an angioplasty inside an emergency department. Studies show that angioplasty, performed within 90 minutes of arrival to the emergency department, is the best way to save the life of a patient experiencing a heart attack. With the area’s only emergency department cath lab, Mercy has the capabilities to dramatically reduce the time between heart attack and lifesaving angioplasty.
Angioplasty in an emergency department
- Accredited Chest Pain Center
- First state-of-the-art cardiac cath lab in an emergency department
- Cardiac catheterization in a community hospital
- ER use of cardiopulmonary bypass to resuscitate victims of heart attack
- Transseptal valvuloplasty on a mitral valve with surgically implanted Carpentier ring
- Drug-eluting stent angioplasty
- Minimally invasive coronary bypass performed
- Biventricular Internal Cardiac Defibrillator Implant
- Accredited Heart Failure Institute
- Chest Pain Center certified for angioplasty 24/7
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transseptal mitral valvuloplasty
- Intracoronary ultrasound
- Percutaneous aortic balloon valvuloplasty
- Unprotected left main coronary stent
- Radial stent coronary angioplasty
- Akron/Canton’s first gamma brachytherapy
- Accredited Cardiac Rehab Program
- Ohio’s first accredited Cardiac Cath Lab
- Stark County’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
- Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) recognized Mercy as one of the 50 top cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S. – the only Stark County hospital to earn this distinction in 2013.
- The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (formerly the Society of Chest Pain Centers) granted Mercy full heart-failure accreditation.
- Mercy became an accredited Mission: Lifeline Heart Attack Receiving Center by the American Heart Association and the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
- The hospital became one of only two heart centers in Ohio to be awarded the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Gold Performance Achievement Award.
- The American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry awarded the Mercy Heart Center the GWTG (Get with the Guidelines) Platinum Performance Achievement Award. Mercy was one of only 164 hospitals nationwide to receive it.
- Thomson Reuters named Mercy to its list of the nation’s 50 top cardiovascular hospitals for the fifth time, based on its annual study of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals.
- Mercy Heart Center opened a new, state-of-the-art cardiac diagnostic department. Available tests include 24- and 48-hour Holter monitors, 30-day event monitors, electrocardiograms, cardiac stress testing and echocardiograms.
- Mercy cardiologists and related medical specialists formed Mercy Cardiovascular Institute.
- The heart center receives the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Achievement Award (one of only two in Ohio) and the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry® GWTGTM Gold Performance Achievement Award.
- The American Heart and Stroke Associations presented Mercy with its Get with the Guidelines® (GWTG) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
- In October 2010, a national HealthGrades study ranked Mercy’s cardiac care #1 in Ohio and among the top 5% of hospitals in the United States for 2011 in overall cardiac care, cardiology and coronary interventional procedures.
- Mercy Heart Center received the HealthGrades 2010 Coronary Intervention Excellence AwardTM for the second year in a row, as well as: three five-star ratings for coronary bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures for four years in a row (2007-2010); treatment of heart attacks for two years in a row (2009-2010); and best in Stark County for cardiac surgery, cardiology and angioplasty.
- Mercy Medical Center is the first hospital in Ohio and the second in the nation to be named an accredited Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. This accreditation of Mercy’s heart failure (HF) center indicates that the hospital is proficient in managing this disease, placing emphasis on both quantity and quality of life across the entire continuum of care. Examples of innovative, proactive HF initiatives at Mercy include remote HF monitoring, the Dance for Life exercise pilot program, and rapid 24/7 access to clinical data for HF patients.
- Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) is the first in northeast Ohio – and one of only two hospitals in Ohio and 10 in the nation – to receive a full, three-year Cycle III accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions), or angioplasty, from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).
- Our ECPC set a “door-to-balloon” record of nine minutes and 45 seconds, the fastest time ever reported.
- Mercy Medical Center continues to be a national leader in emergency heart care as its Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) is the first in Ohio to receive the Society of Chest Pain Centers’ full Cycle II Accreditation with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention).
- Mercy Medical Center leads the nation in heart care again by establishing a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab within its Emergency Department (ED). Designed to rapidly restore the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart during a heart attack, the dedicated ED cath lab provides heart attack victims fast, interventional cardiac care within minutes from arrival to the ED.
- Mercy Medical Center becomes the first hospital in the United States to be fully accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and Providers.
- US News & World Report again names Mercy Medical Center one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cardiovascular care. “America’s Best Hospitals” are determined based on reputation, mortality and other care-related measures including discharges and nursing.
- Mercy Medical Center is again named one of the “Solucient Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals.”
- US News & World Report names Mercy Medical Center one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cardiovascular care. “America’s Best Hospitals” are determined based on reputation, mortality and other care-related measures including discharges and nursing.
- Mercy Medical Center is named one of the “Solucient Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals.” Solucient, the leading source of health care business intelligence, finds that if all hospitals performed at the level of these top cardiovascular benchmark facilities, an additional 4,400 patients could survive each year and U.S. health care could save $880 million annually.
- Mercy cardiologists perform Akron-Canton’s first gamma brachytherapy.
- Mercy’s Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) performs the nation’s first and only ER use of cardiopulmonary bypass to resuscitate victims of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A percutaneous cardiopulmonary (heart-lung) bypass machine was used after standard ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) protocol was performed without success on three patients who had been without a pulse for 45 minutes to an hour. The patients were put on bypass and worked on until coronary perfusion was established. At discharge, the patients were neurologically intact; and within six months, they had resumed their normal lifestyles.
- Mercy Medical Center establishes Stark & Carroll Counties’ first accredited echocardiography laboratories.
- Mercy reports lowest mortality rate on record for any center of its kind in the country. To date, the ECPC has not lost a single non-cardiogenic shock AMI patient. This compares to primary angioplasty studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine that report a low of 2.6 percent in-hospital mortality when cardiogenic shock patients are excluded.
- Mercy’s ECPC reports the lowest missed-AMI rate in the nation for a hospital chest pain center. Nationally, hospitals inappropriately discharge between two and eight percent of patients, believing their chest pains do not indicate AMI when, in fact, they are experiencing heart attacks. Mercy’s percentage of misdiagnosed AMI is two tenths of one percent – the least ever reported from an ER program.
- Mercy is the first in the nation to present findings on ER angioplasty protocol at the 72nd Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association in 1999.
- HCIA-Sachs names Mercy Medical Center one of the “Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals” in the U.S. for Percutaneous Translurnina Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA). HCIA identifies the 100 best-performing hospitals in the country.
- Mercy performs the world’s first-known direct angioplasty in an emergency department on a 73-year-old AMI patient.
- Mercy is recognized by Cardiology Management as one of the 20 leading sites in the U.S. for minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass surgery.
- Mercy Medical Center performs Stark County’s first radial stent coronary angioplasty. Radial stent coronary angioplasty allows patients to get up and move around when the hour-long procedure is finished. Conventional angioplasty requires patients to lie flat on their backs, legs outstretched, for four to six hours following the procedure.
- Mercy Medical Center performs Stark County’s first unprotected left main coronary stent.
- Mercy Medical Center performs the nation’s first transseptal valvuloplasty on a mitral valve with a surgically implanted Carpentier Ring.
- Mercy Medical Center performs Ohio’s first successful minimally invasive coronary bypass.
- Stark County’s first percutaneous aortic balloon angioplasty performed at Mercy Medical Center.
- Mercy performs Stark County’s first extraction atherectomy and coronary rotablator atherectomy.
- Mercy Medical Center performs Stark County’s first transseptal mitral valvuloplasty.
- Stark County’s first intracoronary ultrasound performed at Mercy Medical Center.
- Stark County’s first open heart bypass surgery performed at Mercy Medical Center.
- Mercy performs the nation’s first cardiac catheterization in a community hospital.