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Commonwealth Health Earned National Recognition From the American College of Cardiology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 “Best Hospitals” Guidebook.

Commonwealth Health Earned National Recognition From the American College of Cardiology in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 “Best Hospitals” Guidebook.

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Wilkes-Barre (October, 2022) Regional Hospital of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital have earned national recognition from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 “Best Hospitals” guidebook. ACC uses this publication to highlight hospitals and health systems that implement high standards in patient care and protocols to ensure best cardiovascular outcomes are delivered to every patient, every time.

Commonwealth Health’s two hospitals are recognized for their participation in four ACC registries, honored with four accreditations and Regional Hospital of Scranton has achieved a HeartCARE Center designation. Regional Hospital of Scranton and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital are the only hospitals in Northeastern PA with this level of commitment to proven quality heart programs.

“We are proud of this recognition,” said Dr. Nishant Sethi, Regional Hospital of Scranton Heart & Vascular Institute interventional cardiologist. “This national recognition demonstrates the level of commitment our entire team has for delivering quality care to heart patients in our local community.”

In the publication, the ACC recognizes all hospitals and facilities that participate in National Cardiovascular Data Registries (NCDR) or have received an accreditation or certification from ACC Services.

ACC’s NCDR is cardiology’s most established, comprehensive registry offering. Participants are committed to ensuring evidence-based cardiovascular care, improving patient outcomes and lowering health care costs. Facilities achieving an ACC accreditation are committed to establishing a method for sustainable quality improvement.

Regional Hospital of Scranton’s and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital’s recognitions in the 2023 guidebook:


C CathPCI Registry® (Diagnostic cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention) measures adherence to the ACC/American Heart Association clinical practice guideline recommendations, procedure performance standards and appropriate use criteria for coronary revascularization (restoring blood flow in blocked arteries or veins).

CP Chest Pain — MI Registry™ (Acute myocardial infarction treatment) leverages national evidence-based standards for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for heart attack patients.

L LAAO Registry™ (Left atrial appendage occlusion procedures) captures data on left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) procedures to assess outcomes, short and long-term safety, and comparative effectiveness.

T STS/ACC TVT Registry™ (Transcatheter valve therapy procedures) monitors outcomes on transcatheter valve therapies leading to improved patient outcomes, enhanced assessment of treatment options and results, and more informed decision making.


CP Chest Pain Center Accreditation integrates triage treatment protocols, risk stratification, and best practices for the emergency care of acute coronary syndrome patients.

TV Transcatheter Valve Certification utilizes evidence-based science, patient outcomes and expert recommendations to standardize and improve care for patients requiring transcatheter valve therapies.

CL Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation merges the latest evidence-based science and process improvement methodologies, while addressing pre-procedure, periprocedure and post-procedure care for patients undergoing treatment in the Cath Lab.


HeartCARE Center – National Distinction of Excellence, Regional Hospital of Scranton

Commonwealth Health is proud its hospitals and Heart & Vascular Institute have been consistently recognized by some of the most distinguished organizations in the country for meeting or exceeding national standards of excellence in the areas of quality, innovation, safety and ethics.

U.S. News & World Report publishes its Guidebook annually with a goal to guide consumers in the process of making educated and informed decisions about where to turn for health care. It spotlights hospitals and health care systems that are leading advancements in health care – from implementation of the latest, most innovative trends to use of the newest tools and technologies to optimize patient care and outcomes.

As the global professional organization for the entire cardiovascular care team, the ACC is committed to supporting patients, caregivers and health care professionals by ensuring the highest-quality care is delivered to every patient, every time. For this year’s edition of the guidebook, the rankings and ratings included an indicator on whether featured hospitals have opted into public reporting for TAVR, looking at participation in the STS/ACC TVT Registry Public Reporting Program.

Find out more on the USNWR’s “Best Hospitals” methodology here:


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