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January 23, 2014

KDMC earns ACE accreditation

ASHLAND — King’s Daughters Medical Center announced Wednesday it has received full accreditation of its cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention program from the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence.

KDMC is the only hospital in Kentucky, Ohio or West Virginia to achieve this distinction and one of fewer than 20 facilities nationwide to have demonstrated clinical practices that satisfy the rigorous ACE requirements.

ACE is an independent physician organization that has created a certification program so patients know the accredited facility meets the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care. ACE accreditation is only awarded to hospitals with cardiac programs that have the organizational structure, internal processes, patient safety practices and clinical outcomes that meet or exceed the standards set by cardiac experts.

King’s Daughters wanted an independent review of our program because our patients need to know that our program and hospital is committed to quality healthcare, said Kristie Whitlatch, President and CEO of King’s Daughters Health System.

“We believe this process has strengthened our cardiac program,” she said, adding “our team works hard and outside experts verify that this hard work results in an excellent program and outstanding clinical performance.”

Percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as coronary angioplasty, is a therapeutic procedure used to treat narrowed heart arteries affected by atherosclerosis. The narrowed segments rob the heart muscle of oxygen and result from the build up of cholesterol-laden plaque. PCI is performed by interventional cardiologists.

“Our cardiologists are rigorous in their use of evidence-based medicine,” said KDMC cardiologist Terence Ross, M.D. “We follow national standards to deliver the most effective, proven treatments to each and every patient.”

The ACE accreditation comes on the heels of numerous heart program awards and recognitions achieved in 2013, including: The Joint Commission Top Performer in Heart Attack care and treatment of Heart Failure (2013); and Three-year accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI from the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care (2004-16).

KDMC is ranked No. 1 in Kentucky for medical excellence by CareChex in five areas of heart care: cardiac care, interventional coronary care, coronary bypass surgery and major cardiac surgery.

The medical cener was named one of Healthgrades 100 Best Hospitals in America for Cardiac Surgery; ranked among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery; and rated Five Stars for coronary bypass surgery. KDMC’s cardiothoracic surgeons received the Society for Thoracic Surgery’s three-star rating for coronary artery bypass, the highest possible.

“We congratulate King’s Daughters Medical Center for seeking and obtaining an ACE percutaneous coronary intervention accreditation,” said ACE Chief Medical Officer Bonnie Weiner, M.D. “By submitting to a rigorous, independent evaluation, KDMC has shown an uncompromising commitment to provide safe, high-quality care.”

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