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The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital Recognized for Excellence with ACC HeartCARE Center Designation and ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification June 14, 2021

The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital Recognized for Excellence with ACC HeartCARE Center Designation and ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification

Lake Charles, Louisiana - The American College of Cardiology has recognized the John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital for its demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care. The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center is the only regional facility to HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence. The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center also received ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification based on meeting accreditation criteria, and through ongoing performance registry reporting.

Hospitals and health systems that have earned an ACC HeartCARE Center designation have met a set of criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns, such as Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, that are designed to help hospitals and institutions close gaps in guideline-based care.

The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center was previously awarded NCDR Chest Pain-MI Platinum Award for excellent metrics, TCV certification, AHA Mission: Lifeline certification, Chest Pain Center accreditation, HeartCARE Center award, ACC Heart Failure Center accreditation, and VPR OPT Cardiac Rehabilitation certification by ACC Accreditation Services. The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center also participates in registries including ACC NCDR Cath/PCI, ACC NCDR Chest Pain/MI, ACC NCDR TVT ACC NCDR LAAO, Louisiana Emergency Response Network Acute MI, and Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This new designation highlights the John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center and the Heart team’s commitment to quality for patients, providers and other stakeholders.

“The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Lake Charles community with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award the John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital with the HeartCARE Center designation.”

Hospitals receiving the HeartCARE Center designation from the ACC have demonstrated a commitment to consistent, high-quality cardiovascular care through comprehensive process improvement, disease and procedure-specific accreditation, professional excellence, and community engagement. The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital has proven to be a forward-thinking institution with goals to advance the cause of sustainable quality improvement.

“The ACC HeartCARE designation and Transcatheter Valve Certification are how we communicate to our community the value we place on excellent patient care. Essentially, if a patient is having a heart problem of any kind, they can visit the John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center and be assured of best practice patient care performed by the most highly-trained and distinguished providers in the region,” said Paul Trevino, Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana.

The John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center was also awarded Transcatheter Valve Certification based on evaluation of the staff’s ability to meet standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and registry performance.

The ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Accreditation is an external review and certification process that pairs with established national clinical databases to monitor patient safety and real-world databases such as the STS/ACC TVT Registry is required for hospitals interested in achieving Transcatheter Valve Certification. The certification uses established national clinical measures to support clinical decisions and links process improvement to patient outcomes. Hospitals that achieve Transcatheter Valve Certification learn best practices for implementing evidence-based medicine to support patient-centered decision making and can track key performance metrics to better identify opportunities for improvement.

“Being recognized for excellence with the ACC HeartCARE designation and Transcatheter Valve Certification is a testament to the institutional commitment by CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital and our commitment to meet the individual needs of our cardiovascular patients. We are demonstrating how a collaborative effort between cardiologists and heart surgeons provides forward-thinking, advanced heart care and results in exceptional patient outcomes,” said Corey Foster, M.D., interventional cardiologist, CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital.

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like the John and Sylvia Stelly Regional Heart Center at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital 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.