May 19, 2006 – The cardiac catherization laboratory at Juan F. Luis Hospital received accreditation on Thursday by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, hospital Chief Executive Officer Gregory J. Calliste announced in a news release.
Hospital spokesman Gregory Davila said Friday that the accreditation for the catherization lab took one day to accomplish.
"It's the first time it's accredited," Davila said, though the lab has been open several years.
The unit performs such procedures as angioplasties, inserting stents and inserting pacemakers.
Calliste explained that the hospital itself, the cardiac catherization lab and the hospital's lab each has its own accreditation process.
"Like the entire hospital, JCAHO measures the laboratory's performance according to various national standards," Calliste said.
He thanked the cardiac catherization lab staff for its dedication in making the accreditation successful.
Davila said the laboratory is part of the hospital's Cardiac Care Center, and while the facilities are now housed at the hospital, they will be moved to the V.I. Cardiac Center when its construction is complete.
Located adjacent to the hospital, the cardiac center ground breaking is planned for June 1 at 10 a.m. in the hospital's north parking lot. The public is invited.
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