CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Chambersburg Hospital's cardiology program received another national commendation.  Aetna designated Chambersburg Hospital as an "Institute of Quality" for cardiac medical interventions.

According to Aetna, this recognition is only available to hospitals with heart care programs that have higher standards of care, treat a high number of heart patients, and have higher success rates for their patients. Facilities are selected for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

Aetna's commendation is the most recent for Chambersburg Hospital's cardiology program that also received the American Heart Association's "Mission: Lifeline Silver Performance Award" last year.  It was one of only seven hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized.

This past year, Chambersburg Hospital was also ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the nation for coronary intervention, according to a report available at

Chambersburg Hospital’s interventional cardiology program continues to meet and exceed the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology’s national guidelines for door-to-balloon times of 90 minutes.

Door-to-balloon time is the amount of time it takes to get the patient from the door of the Emergency Department (ED) to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and open the blocked artery with balloons and stents.

In 2011, the hospital’s medical teams in the emergency department and cardiac catheterization lab, on average, received a heart attack patient and opened a blocked artery in 54.5 minutes or less.


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Friday, February 24, 2012