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Board approves Centegra CON application for heart catheterization services in Huntley

Residents to have access to advanced service when Centegra Hospital-Huntley opens

On Jan. 27 the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (IHFSRB) unanimously approved Centegra Health System’s certificate of need application to add cardiac catheterization services at Centegra Hospital-Huntley. This means that the people of northern Kane County and southern McHenry County will have access to this advanced service the day the new hospital opens. The IHFSRB determined Centegra’s application met all criteria for approval.

“We are pleased that we will now be able to care for many of our patients closer to their homes in Huntley and its surrounding area,” said Hadley Streng, vice president of strategy and development with Centegra.

Cardiologists use catheterization to diagnose and treat heart conditions. During this minimally invasive procedure, the doctor inserts a thin tube into a blood vessel in the patient’s arm or groin. The doctor uses dye and small instruments to detect heart blockages and restore blood flow to the heart.

“Cardiac catheterizations are used for both emergency and routine care,” said Dr. Douglas Tomasian, a board-certified cardiologist with Centegra Physician Care. “Coronary artery disease may be both diagnosed and treated during cardiac catheterization procedures. When a patient is having a myocardial infarction, or heart attack, fast access to care can be lifesaving and prevent damage to the heart muscle. It is important community hospitals have the ability to provide high-quality catheterization and life-saving treatment when patients need it most.”

Centegra Health System currently provides cardiac catheterization services at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. The program has achieved national recognition for meeting the highest quality, safety and cost-efficiency standards. The catheterization laboratory awards include:

  • GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry
  • American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award

In addition, Centegra Health System achieved the highest recognition for its cardiovascular program when it received a three-star rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Just 10 percent of hospitals in the nation receive this rating. Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock both are accredited as Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The health system also received Blue Distinction Center+ designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois for quality, safety and better cost efficiency relative to peers.

“Today’s cath lab approval is just another way Centegra makes it easy for patients to receive health care close to home,” Streng said. “We look forward to extending our exceptional heart services when we open Centegra Hospital-Huntley in 2016.”