The ways that the Alegent Creighton Health system's largest hospitals treat patients with chest pain, heart failure and irregular heartbeat have earned the system accreditation in all three areas from an international group.
Alegent Creighton is the first health care system anywhere to earn full accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care in heart failure treatment, chest pain center services and atrial fibrillation treatment. The society is an international organization that focuses on improving cardiovascular care.
The accreditation was achieved at each of the six Alegent Creighton hospitals in the Omaha metropolitan area: Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center, Immanuel Medical Center and Lakeside Hospital, all in Omaha; plus Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs and Midlands Hospital in Papillion.
Dr. Jeff Carstens, a cardiologist who is medical director of the Alegent Creighton system's Heart and Vascular Institute, said the designation means that no matter which of the six hospitals a patient visits, "we're going to provide you with that standardized, evidence-based, stateof- the-art care each and every time."
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