St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Attains Triple Accreditation Status with Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence; ACE E3 Symposium Video to Release This Week

ACE accredits first NY Hospital; second in the USA to accomplish accreditation in all three cardiovascular quality disciplines.

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The ACE E3, Expert External Evaluation, is a customizable process that ranges across a variety of environments. It’s beyond peer review and there are times when looking from the outside can be very constructive. -Bonnie H. Weiner, MD, Chairman and CMO, ACE

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

Newly accredited St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse N.Y., is the first hospital in New York and the second in the United States to accomplish accreditation in all three cardiovascular quality disciplines with the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE): Diagnostic Cath, PCI and Carotid Artery Stenting (CAS), and is only one of two hospitals in New York State to achieve ACE accreditation distinction.

Validating the cardiovascular service line with ACE programs indicates an emphasis on quality and placing the patient at the center of its activities. “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 J. Simons, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP, Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a facility that has evolved into a system of health care services. From a 15-bed hospital to a 431-bed hospital and health system that encompasses a 16-county service area, the integration of St. Joseph’s many programs delivers quality services to the community and provides them in a coordinated, continuous way. A proactive approach is the best defense when it comes to assessing cardiovascular services and ACE is the best insurance policy for those services.

ACE releases the fourth of a five-part video symposium series this week titled: ACE Accreditation. E3: Expert External Review, presented by Bonnie H. Weiner, MD, MSEC, MBA, FSCAI, FACC, ACE Board Chair and Chief Medical Officer. Recorded at the 2013 Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) Scientific Interventions in Orlando, FL, Dr. Weiner declares that ACE is not just about accreditation. “The ACE E3, Expert External Evaluation, is a customizable process that ranges across a variety of environments. It’s beyond peer review and there are times when looking from the outside can be very constructive,” notes Dr. Weiner. Every review includes validation and a proactive, constructive approach and offers:

  • Incorporation of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) into evaluations.
  • Customizable reviews that focus on specific problems within the cardiovascular service line.

ACE E3 review takes the politics out of the system and incorporates consistencies in every review: no bias or conflict of interest, specific corrective action plans that support each facility and engaging all stakeholders in the process. Visit the ACE website to learn more: http://www.cvexcel.org.

Click the following link to view the latest Symposium video: ACE Accreditation. E3: Expert External Review: http://youtu.be/Lbl5QjsdppE.

About Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence

ACE, an independent organization sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), offers independent evaluation and monitoring of facilities that provide cardiovascular care. By reviewing facility and operator performance and comparing clinical decision-making to nationally accepted best practices, ACE peer review and accreditation services plays a critical role in continuous quality improvement programs. Learn more at http://www.cvexcel.org.