Published on November 10, 2014

Nazareth Receives PCI Program Accreditation from Corazon and DoH

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (November 10, 2014) – Corazon, Inc., a national leader in services for the cardiovascular specialty based in Pittsburgh, has granted accreditation to the PCI [angioplasty] program at Nazareth Hospital. Through a rigorous process, the accreditation proves that the program at Nazareth Hospital has met or exceeded the requirements established by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), in accordance with the procedures finalized in January of 2014, such as providing 24-hour coverage for PCI emergencies, undergoing detailed quarterly quality reviews to ensure outcomes and practices are up to standard, and other such factors. 

Nazareth Hospital serves Northeast Philadelphia with a comprehensive continuum of heart care that includes advanced diagnostics, interventional expertise, acute care, rehabilitation and more. Nazareth is currently participating in a LIFENET pilot program with local EMS providers; LIFENET enables paramedics in the field to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI patients, determine where to route them for care, and have staff prepared before the patient arrives, reducing time to treatment.

Nazareth Hospital began offering emergency angioplasty in 2011 through the hospital’s participation in the Atlantic Cardiovascular Patient Outcomes Research Team (C-PORT) Registry.  The Hospital is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission for Heart Failure Care and has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guideline Gold Plus Award for Heart Failure in 2014 and in previous years.

Corazon also offers consulting, recruitment, interim management, and IT solutions for the heart, vascular, neuroscience, and orthopedic specialties.  The firm has worked with over 500 hospitals nationally to evaluate, re-engineer, or implement best-practice PCI programs.  Corazon is a long-time champion for PCI with open heart surgery (OHS) off-site, and assisted with the opening of the first PCI program of this type in Pennsylvania over 12 years ago.  Corazon has also been a verifier for PCI programs in the state of Georgia for several years and was instrumental in building a consortium of hospitals to drive the legislative changes in Pennsylvania.           

As an accrediting agency on behalf of the PADOH, Corazon helps to ensure life-saving PCI services are provided in communities across the Commonwealth.