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MVHS cardiac cath lab receives accreditation

By Journal Staff (


UTICA, N.Y. — Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) recently received accreditation of its cardiac catheterization (cath) lab by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), which recognizes expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to the cardiac cath lab for care.

The accreditation is based on an onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients. Hospitals receiving the ACC accreditation take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that includes completing a gap analysis, examining variances in care, developing an action plan, and an onsite review and monitoring for sustained success, according to an MVHS news release. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of criteria and have a team that supports the effort leading to improved patient outcomes.

“MVHS has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Mohawk Valley with excellent heart care,” Deepak L. Bhatt, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board, said.

It’s the fourth consecutive year in which MVHS has been accredited.

“We are very pleased to receive this accreditation for the fourth year in a row,” MVHS President/CEO Darlene Stromstad said in the release. “Our ability to provide exceptional care with a dedicated and talented staff contributed to the overall success of our cardiac cath lab. Accreditation is a complement to our staff and their commitment to quality patient care.”

MVHS will open the Wynn Hospital — a 10-story, 703,000-square foot, 373-bed hospital — in downtown Utica in October. The nonprofit health-care organization also includes MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Visiting Nurse Association of Utica and Oneida County, and Senior Network Health.