Cardiac Cath Lab ACC Accreditation

April 4, 2018

UP Health System - Marquette Recognized for Excellence with ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI

UPHS - Marquette provides necessary care, resources to cath lab patients

MARQUETTE, MICH. – APRIL 18, 2018 — The American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services has recognized UP Health System – Marquette, a Duke LifePoint hospital, 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. UP Health System - Marquette was awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI in March 2018 based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab. UP Health System – Marquette is the first and only hospital in the state of Michigan to earn this accreditation and the fourth in the nation.

Percutaneous coronary intervention is also known as coronary angioplasty, with or without stenting. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon and/or stent to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

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.

“UP Health System - Marquette has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Upper Peninsula with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Marquette with Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI.”

Hospitals receiving Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI from ACC Accreditation Services must take part in a multifaceted 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.

“Achieving this accreditation was a tremendous effort made by our entire team,” said Robert Kroll, Cath Lab Director at UPHS-Marquette. “We provide evidenced based world-class heart and vascular services right here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I’m incredibly proud of our organization. This achievement speaks to the quality of not only the Cath Lab but the Heart Vascular Service line as a whole.  Our communities have been and will continue to benefit from this effort.”

UP Health System – Marquette provides comprehensive cardiovascular services including general cardiology, diagnostic testing, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, clinical research, electrophysiology, rehabilitation, vascular care, and open-heart surgery. As a Duke Health Affiliate for Heart & Vascular care, UPHS-Marquette collaborates with the Duke Heart Network to optimize patient outcomes, promote evidence-based medicine, improve community health, and facilitate access to clinical research.

The ACC and the American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like UP Health System - Marquette 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.


About UP Health System – Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS – Marquette) is a federally-designated Regional Referral Center for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (UP). UPHS - Marquette is a Level II Trauma Center, as verified by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Joint Commission awarded the hospital the Gold Seal of Approval for its Primary Stroke Center in 2010, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan gave UPHS - Marquette its Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Spine Surgery, Maternity Care, and Knee & Hip Replacement in 2016. The UP Health System – Marquette Cancer Care program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and is the only accredited cancer program in the Upper Peninsula. The UP Health System – Heart & Vascular program earned the American College of Cardiology Cath Lab with PCI Accreditation and Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

Currently a 315-bed specialty care hospital, we are in the construction stage our new state of the art hospital, anticipated completion in the fall of 2018. As Upper Michigan's Regional Medical Center, UPHS - Marquette recruits for employed and private practice positions in Marquette, Michigan, and similar positions at hospital-owned clinics in eight other communities throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our dynamic medical staff of more than 200 doctors uphold the highest standards of excellence. They work as a team with our 2300+ employees in caring for approximately 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year.    

UP Health System – Marquette’s major services include its Heart & Vascular Institute, Cancer Center, Brain & Spine Center, Rehabilitation Center, Behavioral Health, Digestive Health, Bariatric Medicine & Weight Management Center and Women’s Health, Family Birthing, and Pediatrics Center. The hospital also provides the region’s premier services in imaging, surgery and laboratory and is home to the UP Telehealth Network, a leading telehealth network in the nation. We also service many of the communities in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with 42 primary and specialty care clinics spread throughout the region.

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.

ACC Accreditation Services is a Quality Improvement for Institutions™ initiative of the American College of Cardiology, and helps lead the fight to eliminate heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. Accreditation improves the collaboration and integration of teams and departments leading to better treatment for patients along the continuum of care.

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