The American College of Cardiology has recognized CarolinaEast Medical Center for its demonstrated commitment to comprehensive, high-quality culture and cardiovascular care. CarolinaEast was awarded the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence in October based on meeting accreditation criteria, and through their ongoing performance registry reporting.

The ACC HeartCARE Center designation indicates that CarolinaEast has met a set of criteria, including participating in at least two ACC Accreditation Services programs, NCDR registries and targeted quality improvement campaigns. CarolinaEast currently has an ACC accredited Heart Failure Program, Cardiac Cath Lab and Chest Pain Center with PCI.

“We take extreme pride in our excellence in heart care at CarolinaEast,” said Dr. Alex Kirby, Cardiologist at CarolinaEast Heart Center and Cardiac Cath Laboratory Medical Director at CarolinaEast Medical Center. “This accreditation is further proof that our dedicated multidisciplinary team that earnestly supports these efforts has been successful in its goal to improve patient outcomes.”

Hospitals receiving the HeartCARE Center designation from the ACC have demonstrated their commitment to consistent, high-quality cardiovascular care through comprehensive process improvement, disease and procedure-specific accreditation, professional excellence, and community engagement. CarolinaEast has proven to be a forward-thinking institution with goals to advance the cause of sustainable quality improvement.

“CarolinaEast Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing New Bern and Coastal North Carolina with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award CarolinaEast with the HeartCARE Center designation.”

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like CarolinaEast 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.

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 more than 52,000 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 acc.org.

Dr. Alex Kirby, CarolinaEast cardiologist, center, performs a heart procedure with his Cath Lab team. CarolinaEast Health Systems photo

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