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Conemaugh Nason Medical Center has earned full accreditation for compliance with the Pennsylvania Department of Health Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) program. The accreditation was awarded by Corazon (corazoninc.com). The Joint Commission has also given the seal of approval as evidenced by an on-site survey completed June 6, 2019.
PCI is a procedure to place a stent to open blood vessels in the heart that have been narrowed by plaque buildup. The accreditation survey focused on ensuring that Conemaugh Nason follows guidelines established by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Intervention to assist patients.
PCI procedures are conducted in Conemaugh Nason’s new cardiac catheterization lab which opened earlier this year. To date, the cardiac team at Conemaugh Nason has completed nearly 700 procedures in the lab. The lab is supported by 4 experienced interventional cardiologists, technicians, and nursing staff. “Our experienced and talented cardiologist and staff are on call 24 -7 to respond quickly for life threatening emergencies” said Michelle Buttry, Chief Nursing Officer.
“Thanks to the implementation of our cardiac catheterization lab and our team providing a robust service, we are able to treat patients right here at home,” said Tim Harclerode, Chief Executive Officer of Conemaugh Nason. “We can quickly treat patients in emergency situations, as well as perform scheduled procedures. We are so pleased to offer this service to our local residents, and we are seeing great patient outcomes.”