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Lake Charles Memorial Receives Nation's First TAVR Certification

American College o Cardiology Transcatheter Valve CertifiedLake 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 Louisiana.”

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

National Recognition

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.