UI Program Is Nation's First Valve Surgery Certification

UI program is first to receive Joint Commission certification for excellence in cardiac valve repair, replacement.

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The UI Heart and Vascular Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics became the first program in the nation to receive certification for its cardiac valve repair and replacement program.

The center was granted Disease-Specific Care Certification for cardiac valve repair and replacement by the Joint Commission, the accreditation and certification agency for more than 17,000 health care organizations in the United States. The certification carries a two-year renewal cycle.

"This confirms our commitment to providing the most advanced heart care treatments for patients,” says Mark Iannettoni, MD, professor and head of the UI Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and physician executive director of the UI Heart and Vascular Center. “Our heart valve clinic, established more than three years ago, is a model for other heart centers, with a surgical and medical team and nursing staff trained and dedicated specifically to surgery for heart valve repair and replacement. The Joint Commission certification signals that we’re at the forefront and high-water mark of heart valve care.”

Since 2008, the UI Heart and Vascular Center team has performed more than 200 heart valve surgical procedures per year.