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We’re pleased to announce that UNC Health at the UNC Medical Center received TAVR CertificationTranscatheter Valve v1 Certification from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) on March 5th, 2021. This means UNC Health Medical Center used the ACC’s accreditation process improvement tools to bridge gaps and integrate evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical best-practices, and the latest medical guidelines into our cardiovascular care processes for structural heart patients.

The American College of Cardiology has recognized UNC Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients receiving transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures. UNC Health Medical Center was awarded Transcatheter Valve Certification in March based on evaluation of the staff’s ability to meet standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and registry performance.

The ACC’s Transcatheter Valve Certification is an external review and certification process that pairs with established national clinical databases to monitor patient safety and real-world outcomes related to transcatheter valve therapies. Participation in established national clinical databases such as the STS/ACC TVT Registry is required for hospitals interested in achieving Transcatheter Valve Certification.

“UNC Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing 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 UNC Medical Center with Transcatheter Valve Certification.”

The certification uses established national clinical measures to support clinical decisions and links process improvement to patient outcomes. Hospitals that achieve Transcatheter Valve Certification
learn best practices for implementing evidence-based medicine to support patient-centered decision-making and can track key performance metrics to better identify opportunities for improvement.

Special thanks to the accreditation team and congratulations to all for making continuous improvement possible.