Lake Charles Memorial’s Heart & Vascular team is leading the
nation once again by becoming the first, out of 645 programs nationwide,
to receive the prestigious certification by the American College of Cardiology
(ACC) for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). The TAVR procedure
is a less invasive option to replace diseased aortic valves without open
heart surgery. Memorial’s TAVR team – led by Cardiovascular/Thoracic
Surgeon J. Gregory Lugo, MD and Interventional Cardiologists Edward Bergen,
DO and Christopher Thompson, MD – received the certification by
implementing best practices and achieving quality outcomes.
The ACC validated that Memorial meets set standards for multidisciplinary
teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and registry performance.
Hospitals that achieve Transcatheter Valve Certification will have access
to best practices to support decision-making in the care of individual
patients and to track data to identify opportunities for improvement.
“We are proud to recognize Lake Charles Memorial Hospital as the
first recipient of ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification,” said
Phillip Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.
“Lake Charles achieved this distinction by developing processes
to standardize patient care and increase quality measurement, thereby
demonstrating their commitment to providing evidence-based, patient-centered
care to patients undergoing transcatheter valve therapies in Southwest
While being the first certified program in the nation was not the goal,
achieving the best patient outcomes is, and will continue to be, the Heart
& Vascular team’s priority. For more information about the TAVR
procedure, please call the Memorial Medical Group Valve Clinic at 337.494.4759 or go to
The ACC is not the only one acknowledging the Heart & Vascular team’s
accomplishments. CareChex®, a national, independent hospital rating
service, looked at the data from every hospital in Louisiana and ranked
Memorial, your community hospital, in
the TOP 100 in the Nation, #1 in Louisiana and #1 in Southwest Louisiana for
Medical Excellence in Interventional Coronary Care.