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ACMH Receives Accreditation for Cardiac Procedure

ACMH is proud to announce that it has received ACE (Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence) accreditation for PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) services.

To receive PCI accreditation, facilities without onsite open-heart surgery must meet the highest standards of PCI care as defined both by ACE and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“By obtaining ACE accreditation, we acknowledge our commitment as a community hospital to provide high quality cardiac care close to home,” explained Ramzi Khalil, MD FACC, FSCAI, Medical Director of the ACMH Cath Lab.

In January 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Health mandated that cardiac catheterization laboratories wishing to provide elective PCI services without onsite open-heart surgery at their facilities must be accredited by an approved accrediting organization with standards at least equal to those of ACE.

Since becoming the first accrediting organization recognized by the Commonwealth, ACE has been leading the way by providing expert guidance on implementing the highest standards of quality care in the cardiac catheterization lab.

An ACE accreditation means that ACMH (1) is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of quality care, (2) maintains current best practices as recommended by professional literature and nationally-accepted practice guidelines, (3) only performs PCI procedures when they are appropriate, (4) post-procedure care meets nationally-accepted gold standards, and (5) patient outcomes meet or exceed those of comparable facilities that follow medical best practices.

ACMH is one of only five hospitals in Pennsylvania that is ACE accredited for PCI.

Local Input Sought for Draft Long Range PennDOT Plan

Armstrong County residents will not be ignored when it comes to the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan.

Local taxpayers have been invited to comment  on the state’s plan, which will help guide future 12-Year Programs and regional plans, by PennDOT officials.

“Our Long Range Transportation Plan provides a vision for Pennsylvania’s future by focusing on system preservation, safety, stewardship and personal and freight mobility,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “I encourage the public to join us in establishing these goals because our transportation network impacts all of us for generations to come.”

The draft plan, which includes goals, objectives and recommendations based on
department research and public input, is viewable by clicking “Draft Long Range
Plan” on the homepage, Comments can be submitted through the “Comment Here” section under “Public Participation.”

The public comments contributing to the plan were collected from more than 2,500
people who took a survey this spring identifying their top transportation priorities
and appeal of various investment scenarios. That feedback, which identified bike and
pedestrian facilities, public transportation, new roads or widening and pavement
condition as the top public priorities, supplemented PennDOT research to contribute
to the draft report.

Feedback will be accepted through Monday, December 15. In addition to online feedback,
comments will be accepted by emailing> or by mail to PennDOT’s Center
for Program Development and Management, c/o Statewide Long-Range Planning, P.O. Box
3365, Harrisburg, PA, 17105-3365.

For more information on PennDOT and transportation planning, visit