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UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital Recognized for Excellence with Transcatheter Valve Certification

The MedQuarter | February 18th, 2021

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients receiving transcatheter valve (TAVR) repair and replacement procedures.

St. Luke’s was 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 Certification is an external review and certification process that pairs with established national clinical databases to monitor patient safety and real-world outcomes related to transcatheter valve therapies. Participation in established national clinical databases such as the STS/ACC TVT Registry is required for hospitals interested in achieving Transcatheter Valve Certification.

“St. Luke’s has demonstrated its commitment to providing Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award St. Luke’s with 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.

“This certification is proof of the dedication of our team in providing the best outcomes to our patients,” said Richard Kettelkamp, DO, UnityPoint Health – Heart and Vascular Institute and St. Luke’s Cardiology. “St. Luke’s is the first in the state to earn this accreditation. It means we have an established, proven program that patients can be confident in when they choose St. Luke’s for their TAVR procedure and heart care.”

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like St. Luke’s 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 transcatheter valve therapies.

About UnityPoint Health® – Cedar Rapids
UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids is a senior member of one of the nation’s most integrated health systems in the Midwest, UnityPoint Health. UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids consists of St. Luke’s Hospital, which has been nationally recognized six times as a Top 100 Hospital, has formed partnerships with more than 194 health care providers, 33 physician clinics and 3,000 associates. UnityPoint Health –Cedar Rapids is committed to providing programs and services to improve the health of individuals throughout Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities and works towards innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time. Its centers of excellence include cardiac care, robotic surgery, obstetrics, neonatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, behavioral health, surgery, and trauma care.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.

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