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WATERBURY, Conn. – June 13, 2023 The American College of Cardiology has recognized Waterbury Hospital with Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

Waterbury Hospital is the only hospital in Connecticut to hold this accreditation delivering excellent cardiovascular patient care, including:

  • Faster treatment
  • Better prognoses
  • Better quality of life

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention also known as angioplasty) Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year.

“This accreditation is a testament to excellence in cardiac care that our teams provide patients. We’ve expanded services for cardiac patients in recent years and we’ll continue to build on this success,” said Dr. Justin Lundbye, President and CEO of Waterbury HEALTH.

In the past several years Waterbury Hospital has added services for cardiac patients including transaortic valve replacement and a major expansion of the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center. Later this year we’ll be adding WATCHMAN Implant, a minimally invasive procedure for patients with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem who need an alternative to blood thinners. 

Waterbury Hospital was ranked a high performing hospital for patients suffering from kidney failure, heart failure and stroke by the U.S. News & World Report 2022-2023 Best Hospital edition. Waterbury Hospital has distinguished itself for excellence in cardiac care including as 1 of 2 hospitals in the state of Connecticut to receive the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ and the only hospital in the New Haven area* to receive the Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ in 2022 by Healthgrades.


About Waterbury HEALTH

Waterbury HEALTH, which includes Waterbury Hospital, Alliance Medical Group, Cardiology Associates of Greater Waterbury, VNA Health at Home and Access Rehab Centers, Greater Waterbury Imaging Center, offers comprehensive healthcare services including primary care, emergency and acute care, and home healthcare. Serving Waterbury and 11 surrounding communities in Western Connecticut, Waterbury HEALTH is a member of Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc., a national family of hospitals and healthcare networks.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.