Five Hackensack Meridian Hospitals Recognized for Excellence with ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI   

Five Hackensack Meridian Hospitals Recognized for Excellence with ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI

May 23, 2023

American College of Cardiology

The medical centers were recognized based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staffs’ ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized five Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers for their 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. The medical centers were awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staffs’ ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab.

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.

The medical centers awarded accreditation include the following.

  • Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ
  • JFK University Medical Center in Edison, NJ
  • Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ
  • Ocean University Medical Center in Brick, NJ

“Hackensack Meridian Health has demonstrated its commitment to providing New Jersey with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award the Hackensack Meridian medical centers with Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI.”

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.

“One in three adults live with some form of heart disease, the leading cause of death and disability in our nation,” said Elizabeth A. Maiorana, MBA, MSN, R.N., vice president, Cardiovascular Care Transformation Services, Hackensack Meridian Health.  “As New Jersey’s largest health care network and with this statistic in mind we have strived to provide our state’s residents with the highest-quality cardiovascular care.  I’m proud of our cardiac cath lab teams for achieving this important accreditation showcasing their excellence.” 

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.

For information about Hackensack Meridian’s cath lab services, visit  For a free physician referral, call 844-HMH-WELL.

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Hackensack Meridian’s access to a comprehensive suite of 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. 

About the American College of Cardiology
The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit

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