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1/12/2012 3:00:00 AM EASTERN
Updated: 2/15/2012 12:53:42 PM EASTERN
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Sharon Regional named an AETNA Institute of Quality for cardiac care

Sharon Regional Health System has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality for Cardiac Medical Intervention, more commonly known as interventional cardiology.

Interventional cardiology includes cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, and stenting. These are non-surgical techniques to treat blocked arteries and chest pain, and prevent heart attacks caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Interventional cardiologists utilize tools such as balloons (used to inflate an artery to open blood flow) and stents (tiny spring-like wires used to hold blocked arteries open).

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Facilities designated as Institutes of Quality demonstrate excellence in care, a commitment to continuous improvement, and represent an exceptional value to its members.

In order to earn the Aetna Institute of Quality designation, Sharon Regional’s interventional cardiology program had to meet or exceed a number of strict criteria, including annual volume levels of angioplasty or stent procedures; availability 24/7 of emergency heart attack response teams to perform angioplasty or other interventional heart procedures; a program to consistently measure and report quality and clinical data that achieves best-in-class outcomes; possess a wide scope of readily available cardiac and related clinical support services; and much more.   

 “We are extremely pleased that our interventional cardiology program was recognized by Aetna for its quality and outcomes,” said Ronnie Mignella, M.D., FACC, board certified interventional cardiologist and medical director of Sharon Regional’s cardiac catheterization lab.

“As the only hospital in Mercer County to offer this level of advanced cardiac care, we want our patients to know they are receiving the highest quality interventional cardiology services available, especially when it comes to emergency heart attack treatment where rapid access to care is so important.”