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JFK Medical Center Recognized for Excellence with ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI


The American College of Cardiology has recognized Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. JFK Medical Center was awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI in May based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab. JFK Medical Center is proud to be the only cardiac cath lab in New Jersey to achieve this prestigious designation. 

Percutaneous coronary intervention is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

JFK Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing Middlesex County residents with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, M.D., FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award JFK Medical Center with Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI.”
“This accreditation makes the JFK Cardiac Cath Lab a ‘First’ in New Jersey,” explains Saleem Husain, M.D., Cardiac Cath and Chest Pain director. “It proves how streamlining our process and working with other teams, such as our EMS and E.D. clinicians, has raised our standard of clinical performance.”

Hospitals that have proven exceptional competency in treating patients who require cardiac catheterization have standardized their assessment process for patients before undergoing catheterization to ensure quality and patient safety. They ensure that care in the procedure room for sedation, infection control, radiation safety, universal protocol, and time out procedures is fully coordinated; and have mastered the appropriate transfer to a cath recovery unit to better monitor and track complications, enhance physician-to-patient communication, patient family communication, discharge instructions and follow-up information.

Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI from the ACC must take part in a multi¬faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of cath lab patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to improved patient outcomes.

“I am proud of the protocols set in place by our Cardiac Teams to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients,” explains Aaron J. Feingold, M.D., division director of Cardiology at JFK Medical Center. “This designation signifies our commitment to providing consistent, evidenced-based, guideline-driven, patient-centered care to all of our cardiac patients.”

At JFK Medical Center the Cardiovascular Center provides a full spectrum of advanced diagnostic and treatment options utilizing the latest in imaging technology. JFK Medical Center is one of the busiest cardiac cath labs in New Jersey.

The ACC and the American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like JFK Medical Center access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including the cath lab.

Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center is a non-profit, 498-bed hospital providing high quality care and an enhanced patient experience. JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute offers both inpatient (94 beds) and outpatient rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities and specialized treatment programs. JFK’s Neuroscience Institute provides some of the most advanced treatment in the tri-state area for adult and pediatric neurological conditions. Other comprehensive and advanced services include: general and specialized surgery, cardiac care, maternity and pediatric care, wound care, oncology, weight loss surgery, radiology and imaging and emergency medicine.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit, or call toll-free 1¬877-271-4176.