AdventHealth Ocala Achieves National Distinction of Excellence for HeartCARE by the American College of Cardiology  

Sep 20, 2021 at 02:08 pm by pj


AdventHealth Ocala has achieved the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) HeartCARE Center™ National Distinction of Excellence, the organization’s highest honor for cardiovascular care. The HeartCARE Center™ distinction is designed to shine a light on the elite group of hospitals in the United States that go above and beyond to ensure each patient that needs care has access to consistent, highest-quality cardiovascular care.


“AdventHealth Ocala made a commitment to raising the bar on clinical excellence in Marion County and this distinction is a reflection of us honoring our word to this community,” said Joe Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer for AdventHealth Ocala. “We want to be the first choice for heart care and this recognition shows we are home to prestigious care that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.”


Additionally, the hospital attained ACC accreditation in the following expertise areas:

  • Cath Lab
  • Chest Pain
  • Electrophysiology
  • Heart Failure
  • Transcatheter Valve Certification


AdventHealth Ocala is the first hospital in the AdventHealth system to achieve all five accreditations and the HeartCARE Center™ National Distinction of Excellence. The hospital achieved the status based on world-class cardiovascular care through comprehensive process improvement, and a commitment to professional excellence and community engagement.


“When patients come to us for care, they can trust they are receiving the most exceptional heart care,’ said Lynn Smith, BSN, RN, Director of Cardiovascular Services for AdventHealth Ocala. “Our team has been working around the clock to ensure we’re providing Ocala and the greater Marion County community with unmatched heart care from the best cardiovascular team. We are so proud to have this distinction to share with the community.” 


AdventHealth Ocala has also earned a distinguished three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures. The three-star rating, which denotes the highest category of quality, places the hospital among the elite for heart bypass surgery in the United States and Canada.


The STS star rating system is one of the most sophisticated and highly regarded overall measures of quality in health care, rating the benchmarked outcomes of cardiothoracic surgery programs across the United States and Canada.