The American College of Cardiology has recognized Mercy Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care. Mercy was awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation in August based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab. Mercy is currently the ONLY hospital in Ohio to be recognized with this accreditation.
Hospitals that have proven exceptional competency in treating patients who require cardiac catheterization have standardized their assessment process for patients before undergoing catheterization to ensure quality and patient safety. They ensure that care in the procedure room for sedation, infection control, radiation safety, universal protocol, and time out procedures is fully coordinated; and have mastered the appropriate transfer to a cath recovery unit to better monitor and track complications, enhance physician-to-patient communication, patient family communication, discharge instructions and follow-up information.
“American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation on Mercy Medical Center,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services. “We commend Mercy for its demonstrated commitment to providing Stark County and surrounding communities with excellent cardiac care.”
Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of cath lab patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to improved patient outcomes.
“We are very proud to have Ohio’s only accredited cardiac cath lab,” said Ahmed Sabe, M.D., executive director of Mercy Heart Center. “This accreditation through the American College of Cardiology is a testament to our dedication and achievements in cardiac care and I am very proud of our team.”