BROWNSVILLE, TX — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Valley Regional Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac Cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. Valley Regional Medical Center was recently awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac Cath lab.

PCI is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Hospitals that have proven exceptional competency in treating patients who require cardiac catheterization have standardized their assessment process for patients before undergoing catheterization to ensure quality and patient safety. They ensure that care in the procedure room for sedation, infection control, radiation safety, universal protocol and time out procedures is fully coordinated; and have mastered the appropriate transfer to a Cath recovery unit to better monitor and track complications, enhance physician-to-patient communication, patient family communication, discharge instructions and follow-up information.

“Valley Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing Cameron County with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Valley Regional Medical Center with Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI.”

Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of Cath lab patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to improved patient outcomes.

The Valley Regional Medical Center Cath lab team

“We are extremely grateful for and proud of our cardiologists and Cath lab team for this tremendous accomplishment, which highlights our continued commitment to delivering superior, patient-centered care,” said Art Garza, chief executive officer at Valley Regional Medical Center. “This team is one of only thirteen other hospitals in Texas, and the only team south of San Antonio, that have earned this recognition.”

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Valley Regional Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including the Cath lab.