Accreditation Builds on Expanding Heart and Vascular Program at Mercy Health
Officially announced on April 4, 2016, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has earned the accreditation to perform elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), commonly known as primary elective angioplasty. More than 600,000 people in the United States undergo a PCI each year, according to The Journal of the American Medical Association.
The new elective PCI accreditation builds off credentials Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has held for more than a decade. Since 2005, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has had the accreditation to perform emergent PCIs, meaning if a patient presented to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s while having a heart attack, interventional cardiologists were able to stop the heart attack through PCI. Each year, interventional cardiologists at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s perform nearly 50 emergent PCIs.
PCI is a medical procedure in which a balloon or a stent is used to open a blockage in an artery to improve blood flow to the heart. PCI is often used to treat coronary artery disease (CAD), or heart disease, which is the number one killer of men and women in this country.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s expansion of services with primary elective angioplasty, or elective PCI, means more choices for people in the community who are faced with needing a primary elective angioplasty, as well as better continuity of patient care in the Mercy Health system and fewer transfers for hospitalized patients who need an elective PCI.
“Transferring patients causes them anxiety and can be alarming for them,” said Ann Dabkowski, BSN, RN, manager, Heart & Vascular. “Transferring can also create much confusion for their families as they try to navigate another health care system.”
“The accreditation to perform elective PCIs is just another step in our continuously growing heart and vascular program,” said Greg Pellizzon, MD, medical director of Interventional Cardiology at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. “With our recently renovated space in the Heart and Vascular Center, we have two dedicated cardiac catheterization labs in which to perform PCIs.”
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s expects to perform at least 200 elective PCIs within the first year of accreditation.
Congratulations and thank you to the teams in Quality and Heart and Vascular who made this accomplishment a reality.