Colleen Leonard Leyden; Director Corporate Marketing and Public Relations
Chester County Hospital
606 E. Marshall St., Suite 203
West Chester, PA 19380

Photo: © ACC/Edmund D. Fountain 2019

(WEST CHESTER, PA) – The American College of Cardiology recently awarded Chester County Hospital as a HeartCare Center Pioneer for its commitment to advancing the cause of sustainable quality improvement for cardiovascular care.

Ralph Smith, BSN, RN, CCCC, Cardiovascular Registry and Accreditation Manager, and Sharon Delaney, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, AACC, Director of Heart and Vascular Services at Chester County Hospital, accepted the award at the ACC Quality Summit, NCDR and Accreditation Annual Session and Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Only 13 hospitals were named HeartCARE Center Pioneer Award winners nationwide.

In 2018, Chester County Hospital was awarded the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence based on meeting accreditation criteria, and through their ongoing performance registry reporting.

Hospitals and health systems that have earned an ACC HeartCARE Center designation have met a set of criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, National Cardiovascular Data Registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns, such as Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, that are designed to help hospitals and institutions close gaps in guideline-based care. In addition to Chester County Hospital’s Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) and Resuscitation, the hospital earned the ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI. ACC has recognized the hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and PCI procedures. Chester County Hospital was 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.

"These honors are a testament to the team's diligence to continuously improving quality, safety and outcomes of cardiovascular care and PCI procedures while advancing all aspects of treatment for patients and their families," said Timothy J. Boyek, MD, Medical Director of Cardiac Diagnostic Interventional Catheterization Laboratories.

Chester County Hospital's HeartCARE Center designation is a result of its consistent high-quality cardiovascular care through comprehensive process improvement, disease and procedure-specific accreditation, professional excellence, and community engagement. The honor highlights the hospital's outstanding commitment to quality for their patients, providers and stakeholders."



About Chester County Hospital
Founded in 1892 as the county's first hospital, the non-profit has grown into a 248-bed acute-care inpatient facility in West Chester, PA. It also has outpatient services in Exton, PA; West Goshen, PA; New Garden, PA; West Grove, PA: Jennersville, PA and Kennett Square, PA. In 2013, Chester County Hospital became part of Penn Medicine, which is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to medical education, biomedical research, and excellent patient care. In addition to quality-driven medical and surgical services, Chester County Hospital also offers home health, inpatient hospice and skilled nursing care; occupational medicine; outpatient laboratory, radiology and physical therapy services; wound care; cardiopulmonary rehab; and a prenatal clinic for the under-served. In 2020, Chester County Hospital will complete the largest expansion in its history. The project will welcome a state-of-the-art procedural platform with 15 operating room suites, a 99-bed patient tower, a new main entrance and an expanded and renovated Emergency Department. Learn More!

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