Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) Completes Second Consecutive “Triple Play” with Three Reaccreditations, Including its First International Facility

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Milestones for King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital, and South Miami Hospital

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We are honored to be recognized by the world’s foremost accrediting bodies for consistently maintaining a high standard of interventional cardiovascular care. -- Dan Krauthamer, M.D.

Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) today announced that, for the second month in a row, three hospitals have achieved ACE reaccreditation for their cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) facilities, maintaining the organization’s 100% reaccreditation rate for accredited facilities. The announcement marks a milestone for ACE in that it includes the first international facility to achieve the distinction of ACE reaccreditation: the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In June 2013, KFSHRC became the first overseas facility to attain ACE accreditation. In addition, two hospitals in the Baptist Health South Florida network – Miami Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital and at South Miami Hospital – was also reaccredited by ACE.

King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSHRC) Reaccreditation

KFSHRC is a Saudi government-sponsored facility with over 8,000 employees and more than 1,000 acute care patient beds, serving Riyadh and the region surrounding the capital. The Heart Centre at KFSHRC is a tertiary cardiac care delivery center that adheres to international standards of excellence. Patients are evaluated in highly specialized clinics by a multidisciplinary staff who are uniquely trained and certified by either North American or European boards in their respective medical sub-specialties; patients are offered therapies consistent with disease-specific management guidelines in accordance with international standards. The cardiac catheterization lab at KFSHRC is furnished with state-of-the-art technologies and complies with current guidelines from the major professional societies, and meets the growing needs of the Kingdom and its people for all types of cardiovascular diseases, obviating the need for many patients to seek treatment abroad.

Baptist Health South Florida Reaccreditations

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at both Baptist Hospital and South Miami Hospital are part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Established in 1987, the Institute has maintained its extraordinary position in cardiovascular medicine with innovative techniques, new technologies, advanced research and an international focus.

“ACE reaccreditation holds tremendous value for our patients, our cardiac catheterization lab staff, our physicians, our administrators, and the surrounding community, as it substantiates our efforts to encourage excellence, promote continuity of care and support healing,” said Ramon Quesada, M.D., medical director of interventional cardiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at Baptist Hospital.

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute provides diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for patients with cardiovascular conditions. The Institute’s physicians represent a half-century of experience, and have trained at some of the country’s top medical institutions.

“Reaccreditation by ACE is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of the talented team at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, where cardiovascular expertise is the foundation,” commented Romeo Majano, M.D., medical director of interventional cardiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at South Miami Hospital. “Our physicians and staff are passionate about caring for patients, and this reaccreditation is a shining by-product of their passion.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the world’s foremost accrediting bodies for consistently maintaining a high standard of interventional cardiovascular care,” said Dan Krauthamer, M.D., medical director of interventional cardiology at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute at South Miami Hospital. “Our multidisciplinary team works together to provide the best quality of care possible for our patients, and earning this accreditation demonstrates that commitment.

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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