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Quality Care in Community Hospitals - Lawrence General Hospital advances quality processes with Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE)

Quality Care in Community Hospitals - Lawrence General Hospital advances quality processes with Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE) | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

What would you do if you found yourself to be David in the Goliathian world of Healthcare? If you were Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Massachusetts, you would look to innovative and quality initiatives to hold your ground on the slippery slope of accountable care. As the first hospital in New England to achieve ACE accreditation, not only does Lawrence General Hospital hold distinction amongst its peers, but this hospital is also the first nationally to voluntarily validate and offer transparency of quality processes within a community hospital setting. Lawrence General Hospital performs diagnostic cardiac cath, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) cases, and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures without on-site surgery. 

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

Great accomplishment for Lawrence General Hospital.  First community Hospital in US with ACE accreditation.

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Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence; Lawrence General Hospital - first in New England

Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence; Lawrence General Hospital - first in New England | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Lawrence General Hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory today achieved Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence for catheterization and PCI (angioplasty and stenting).  The first in New England.

• 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.
• ACE is sponsored by The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and American College of Cardiology, the two leading professional cardiovascular organizations, jointly representing over 40,000 practitioners.
• The extensive consultative and educational Accreditation recognizes committment to providing high quality care for patients. With ACE certification patients and providers in the community served can be certian that  the catheterizatuion laboratory is meeting or exceeding the standards set by experts in cardiac and endovascular care.

Lawrence Genral is committed to achieving the highest standards.

ACE accreditation/CQI also

provides a standard of care for patients comparing one facility to anothercertifies to insurers that beneficiaries are getting the best possible care provides independent, unbiased, outcome-based evidence to patients & families that they are receiving the highest quality carevalidates LGH's position, voice, and influence in government policy-making circlesreduces costs by supporting a more effective and efficient operation based on uniform standardsminimizes complications, which in turn benefits payors, patients, and society by reducing costs.
Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

Congratulations to the administration, physicians, nurses, techs and staff at Lawrence General Hospital for achieving this first in the region accreditation for the cardiac catheterization laboratory. The larger impact is that this recognizes the excellent quality of care patients recieve for treatment of cardiac conditions and coroanary artery disease.

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