ACE Completes “Triple Play” with CHI Franciscan Health Tacoma Facilities

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CHI Franciscan Health Heart Centers at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Anthony Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital are First in Washington state to Receive ACE Accreditation

We are proud to be part of the broader CHI effort to attain ACE accreditation, which demonstrates that our facilities meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in cardiac care. -- R. Antonio Secaira, MD, CHI Franciscan Heart

Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) today announced that three CHI Franciscan Health hospitals in the Tacoma, Washington area have completed the process of ACE accreditation for cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The three hospitals – CHI Franciscan Heart Center at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, and St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way – are the first facilities in Washington State to receive ACE accreditation.

“We are proud to be part of the broader CHI effort to attain ACE accreditation, which demonstrates that our facilities meet or exceed nationally recognized standards in cardiac care,” commented R. Antonio Secaira, MD, medical director of CHI Franciscan Heart Center. “ACE accreditation is a notable distinction for our three sister facilities. Although two of our facilities operate cardiac services without onsite surgery, they are nonetheless committed to quality care for the local communities they serve.”

CHI Franciscan Health is affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health system comprising 105 hospitals in 19 states. The CHI Franciscan Health team comprises nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses, and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and more than 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King, and Kitsap Counties. Started in 1819 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington State. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds and a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500, including more than 550 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences, and women’s care.

The CHI organization has broad national reach, serving patients in 105 hospitals throughout 19 states. CHI has $21.8 billion in assets and received $13.9 billion in 2014 total annual operating revenues. CHI is committed to the communities it serves. In 2014, CHI contributed $910 million to charity care and community benefit. CHI has approximately 90,500 employees, including 3,850 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians.

About Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE)

ACE is an independent organization sponsored by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). ACE 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 quality review and accreditation services play a critical role in continuous quality improvement programs. Learn more at http://www.cvexcel.org.

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