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St. Joseph’s Cath Lab Team Earns ACE Accreditation

SYRACUSE - St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center now is fully accredited for cardiac catheterization by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE), the first hospital in New York and the second in the United States to accomplish accreditation in all three cardiovascular quality disciplines with the ACE: diagnostic cath, PCI and carotid artery stenting. 

ACE is 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.

“Our goal of accreditation was to reach the highest quality standard in our industry, which results in the highest quality of care to our patients,” said Alan Simons, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP, medical director of St. Joseph’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

“We congratulate St. Joseph’s for seeking and obtaining an ACE cardiac catheterization accreditation,” said ACE Chief Medical Officer Bonnie Weiner, MD. “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 that undergo this voluntary and rigorous process demonstrate an exceptional commitment to providing the best possible care to patients.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.