LAFAYETTE, La. – Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital recently became home to Acadiana’s first nationally certified Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program.
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) recognized the Heart Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who receive transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures. Heart Hospital was awarded Transcatheter Valve Certification based on evaluation of the staff’s ability to meet standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and registry performance.
“I am extremely proud of our team for being the first in the region to earn this prestigious certification,” said Michelle Crain, Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Services Vice President and Heart Hospital Chief Operating Officer. “This honor is further evidence of our deep commitment providing the best possible service and experience for Acadiana families.”
The ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification is an external review and certification process that pairs with established national clinical databases to monitor patient safety and real-world outcomes related to transcatheter valve therapies. Participation in established national clinical databases such as the STS/ACC TVT Registry is required for hospitals interested in achieving Transcatheter Valve Certification.
“Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing Acadiana families with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC accreditation management board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award the Heart Hospital with Transcatheter Valve Certification.”
The certification uses established national clinical measures to support clinical decisions and links process improvement to patient outcomes. Hospitals that achieve Transcatheter Valve Certification learn best practices for implementing evidence-based medicine to support patient-centered decision making and can track key performance metrics to better identify opportunities for improvement.
The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Heart Hospital 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 transcatheter valve therapies.