Morristown Medical Center Among 1st to Receive American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification

Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center has received American College of Cardiology (ACC)Transcatheter Valve Certification, a  designation of excellence that recognizes demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients undergoing transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). ACC awards this certification following a rigorous, months-long evaluation of the team’s ability to meet standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making and registry performance.

Only about 6% of the more than 750 American hospitals that perform TAVR, a minimally invasive heart valve replacement procedure, have earned this designation. 

“The ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification provides external confirmation of what our team of professionals and patients already know: we have one of the best TAVR programs and teams in the nation, with outstanding outcomes and a dedication to continuously improving the quality of our program,” said John M. Brown III, MD, The Grant V. Parr Chair, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery and Vice-Chair Cardiovascular Medicine, Morristown Medical Center.  “This elite certification also validates our commitment to provide the highest quality multidisciplinary, evidence-based care in advancing the field of structural heart disease research.”

“The American College of Cardiology is one of the world’s most widely respected standard-setting organizations for cardiologists and heart hospitals, and has extremely strict standards for certification,” said Philippe Géneréux, MD, Co-Director of the Structural Heart Program at Morristown Medical Center. “This recognition demonstrates how the Morristown Medical Center Valve and Structural Heart Center incorporates best practices, as determined by recent guidelines and expert consensus statements, into the care of our transcatheter valve patients. 

As the region’s leader in cardiac care, we are committed to translating these practices into the highest quality treatments for our patients, with the best outcomes.”

Morristown Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in New Jersey, and has one of the top ranked programs for Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in the nation.  U.S. News also ranks the medical center as “#1 in New Jersey” for Adult Aortic Valve Surgery, as well as “High Performing” nationally.  The medical center’s Valve and Structural Heart Center treats more heart valve patients than any other hospital in New Jersey and is in the top 3% of all cardiac structural heart and valve centers in the United States. 

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. This registry gathers data on procedures and outcomes and allows cardiovascular professionals to understand how transcatheter heart valve procedures are being used throughout the U.S., and what impact they have on patient health.

“Morristown Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing New Jersey residents with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, Chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.  “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Transcatheter Valve Certification to Morristown Medical Center.”

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 and are able to track key performance metrics to better identify opportunities for improvement.

About Heart Care at Atlantic Health System

Morristown Medical Center, the hub of heart care at Atlantic Health System, is one of the top 40 programs in the country for Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery (U.S. News & World Report) and one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care (Healthgrades).

Its expert team presents research across the world and is comprised of interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, heart failure experts, advanced imagers and cardiac surgeons. 

The program also offers specialty care in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sports cardiology, cardio-oncology, pediatric cardiology, and heart disease in women. The team works closely with community cardiologists who provide a medical home for patients with heart disease.

Atlantic Health System Heart Care is focused on offering minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures that help patients return to their lives faster.  The state’s largest valve replacement/repair program offers valve therapy options for the aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valves, and is helping advance the radial (wrist) approach for coronary procedures with a new lounge for post-procedure recovery.

Morristown Medical Center is home to the largest cardiac surgery and invasive cardiology programs in New Jersey and offers the most up-to-date cardiac imaging technologies available.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 17,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 11 counties and 4.9 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, and Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ.

Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 16 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of seven regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across five health systems in the region.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.