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Prairie Heart Institute Receives ACE Reaccreditation for Cath Lab

The Prairie Heart Institute (PHI) at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, has been reaccredited by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE). In 2015, the Prairie Heart Institute was the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Illinois to achieve ACE accreditation and only two other Illinois hospitals have since achieved this accreditation.

“When you are a large cath lab, it can be very difficult to get your arms around the processes that are necessary to deliver quality,” said Gregory J. Mishkel, MD, PHI executive medical director. “We take pride in the fact we are able to achieve this level of excellence.”

PHI leadership partnered with ACE to ensure that every aspect of the operation met or exceeded nationally accepted best practices in interventional cardiology care.

PHI has two outpatient cath labs and eight inpatient cath labs. Three of the inpatient labs are used for electrophysiology (EP) studies, while five inpatient labs are used to treat patients with coronary, endovascular and structural heart disease. In total, this high-volume facility performs 7,000 to 7,500 procedures annually, including approximately 125 percutaneous coronary intervention procedures each month.

During the review process, PHI earned kudos for many aspects of its program, including the chest pain protocol, a triage tool used to assess patients who come in with chest pain. This is unique to the emergency department at St. John’s.

“Quality care is the number one driver in our cath lab,” Mishkel said. “We recognize that the documentation of quality will be critical as we move forward in an increasingly demanding political, media and legal environment. With a large and diverse group of physicians—including 7 EP specialists and 15 interventionalists – bringing everyone into compliance with documentation standards has been key.”

Dr. Nilesh Goswami, co-director of the cath lab at PHI praised the professionalism of the ACE team as well as the accreditation process.

“Everyone involved demonstrated high integrity and a true understanding of what real-world cardiologists go through. The ACE leadership is actively involved with the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and many interventionalists, me included, view SCAI as our governing body. SCAI has been on the forefront of promoting the interests of our specialty.”

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.  

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