Havasu Regional’s Cath Lab is 1st in Arizona to be accredited by the ACC

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April 1, 2019

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Havasu Regional Medical Center Recognized for Excellence with ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI

HRMC Becomes First Center In Arizona

Lake Havasu City, Arizona – March 28, 2019 — The American College of Cardiology
Accreditation Services has recognized Havasu Regional Medical Center, a LifePoint
Health hospital, 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. Havasu Regional Medical Center
was awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI in February 2019 based on
rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients
who come to the cardiac cath lab. Havasu Regional Medical Center is the first and only
hospital in the state of Arizona to earn this accreditation and one of only 24 hospitals in
the nation.
Percutaneous coronary intervention is also known as coronary angioplasty, with or
without stenting. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary
arteries with a balloon and/or stent 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.
“Havasu Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to their region by
providing excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC
Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Havasu
Regional Medical Center with Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI.”
Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI from ACC Accreditation

Services must take part in a multifaceted 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.
“Achieving this accreditation was a tremendous effort made by our entire team,” said
Wes Taylor, Chief Operating Officer at Havasu Regional Medical Center. “We provide
evidenced based world-class heart and vascular services right here in the greater Lake
Havasu region. I’m incredibly proud of our organization. This achievement speaks to the
quality of not only the Cath Lab but the Heart Vascular Service line as a whole. Our
communities have been and will continue to benefit from this effort.”
Havasu Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive cardiovascular services
including general cardiology, diagnostic testing, diagnostic and interventional
cardiology, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation, vascular care, and open-heart surgery.
The ACC and the American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like
Havasu Regional Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded 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.

About Havasu Regional Medical Center
Havasu Regional Medical Center is a licensed 171 bed acute care facility fully accredited
by The Joint Commission. Providing 24 hour emergency services, it is a Level III Trauma
Center accredited by the America College of Surgeons and also a state certified

Advanced Life Support Base Hospital, authorizing medical direction and support of pre-
hospital care providers and fire department paramedic personnel. The facility offers a full

complement of patient-centered, community hospital and regional referral services in
most major medical disciplines, including orthopedics, open heart and neurosurgery.
More than 130 affiliated physicians and allied health professionals comprise the medical
staff and represent a broad cross-section of specialty areas. HRMC is partially owned or
invested in by physicians. More information can be found on its website at

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire
cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members
is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the
formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national
registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals
and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular
research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent

ACC Accreditation Services is a Quality Improvement for InstitutionsTMinitiative of the
American College of Cardiology, and helps lead the fight to eliminate heart disease as
the number one cause of death worldwide. Accreditation improves the collaboration and
integration of teams and departments leading to better treatment for patients along the
continuum of care.
For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call
toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

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