Riverview provides necessary care, resources to cath lab patients
The American College of Cardiology has recognized Riverview Regional Medical
Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients
who come to a cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations
and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. Riverview was
awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI in November based on rigorous
onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and
treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab. Riverview is one of only four hospitals in the state to obtain Cath Lab
Accreditation with PCI from the ACC.
Percutaneous coronary intervention is also known as coronary angioplasty.
It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary
arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce
heart damage during or after a heart attack.
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.
“Riverview Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment
to providing Etowah and surrounding counties with excellent heart care,”
said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management
Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Riverview with
Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI.”
Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI from the ACC
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.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be surrounded by incredible Doctors
and staff at Riverview's Heart and Vascular Center”, said Cath
Lab Director, Jennifer Poole. “We strive for excellence every day.
This Accreditation represents our dedication to outstanding cardiac care
for each individual patient and to the community. We are very proud to
add this to our list of achievements that will directly lead to improved
Riverview Regional Medical Center is among the top 5% of hospitals in the
nation for patient safety according to Healthgrades and the only hospital
in Northeast Alabama to receive an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group.
The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Riverview Regional
Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation
services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial
performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care,
including the cath lab.