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Electrophysiology team first in the nation to receive accreditation

Electrophysiology team first in the nation to receive accreditation

Our electrophysiology program has been awarded a national first - full accreditation for electrophysiology by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE). Our program was the first in the nation to undergo review last year, and now is the first to receive accreditation in the U.S. Our heart team also received reaccreditation from ACE for cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention. We originally received accreditation for these in early 2014.

Electrophysiology is the medical specialty dealing with heart rhythm disorders caused by electrical issues. Our team treats these disorders with medication, pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery. Our electrophysiology team includes Ola Kraisha, M.D., Terence Ross, M.D., and John Van Deren, M.D.

In late January, we were the first facility in Kentucky to install the EnSite Precision™ cardiac mapping system, a next-generation platform designed to provide automation, flexibility and accuracy for diagnostic mapping used to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms.

About the accreditation review
ACE is an organization dedicated to ensuring adherence to the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care. ACE accreditation is a professional review of an organization’s structure, internal processes, patient safety practices, and clinical outcomes to determine if it meets the standards established by experts in cardiac and endovascular care.

“We congratulate King’s Daughters 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, this facility has shown an uncompromising commitment to provide safe, high-quality care.”

ACE is committed to helping facilities that deliver interventional cardiovascular care to provide gold-standard healthcare by measuring the facility’s practices, personnel, processes and outcomes against nationally-accepted best-practice standards. Implemented to supplement existing quality-improvement programs, the ACE outcomes-based accreditation promotes uniform benchmarks, and improves appropriate utilization via an independent, third-party evaluation of facilities and practices.

The ACE evaluation process involves an in-depth independent review of personnel, quality-assurance processes, facility equipment, and outcomes information. All data collected is measured against nationally-accepted standards for the highest-quality cardiovascular care. Facilities who undergo this voluntary and rigorous process demonstrate an exceptional commitment to providing the best possible care to patients.

Pictured are members of the cath lab and EP teams: William Irby, R.T.; Stephanie Meade, R.N.; Mick Boshell, R.T.; Lance White, R.T.; Elizabeth Preston, R.T.; Phoebe Adkins, R.T.; and Brooke Lewis, R.N.