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Children's Hospital Colorado's Cardiac Catheterization Lab earns accreditation

Cardiac Catheterization Lab earns Cardiovascular Catheterization accreditation by Intersocietal Accreditation Commission

Children's Hospital Colorado

Aurora, Colo. (June 28, 2019) - The Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has been granted the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission's (IAC) Cardiovascular Catheterization accreditation for Pediatric Cardiovascular Catheterization, Complex Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Valve Interventions, and Structural Heart Interventions. According to the IAC, this accreditation is a "seal of approval" that patients can rely on as an indicator of consistent quality and a dedication to continuous improvement. This accreditation has so far only been achieved by three congenital cath labs in the U.S.

Each year, Children's Colorado performs more than 800 diagnostic and interventional heart catheterizations to diagnose and make repairs to the heart. These procedures are only performed by facilities like the one at Children's Colorado that specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of acquired and congenital heart disease. Further demonstrating the hospital's commitment to quality, safety and innovative care, the Cath Lab also:

  • Offers one of the lowest radiation labs in the country with the recent implementation of a new system from Philips
  • Is the only hospital in the region that can repair a PDA occlusion in the Cath Lab

"Many heart defects that once required open heart surgery can now be corrected in Children's Colorado's Catheterization Lab," said Gareth Morgan, MD, congenital interventional cardiologist and medical director of the cath lab at Children's Colorado. "The catheterization procedures we perform are less invasive, offer a quicker recovery time and have less risk when compared to more invasive heart procedures."

The hard work and commitment of the physicians, nurses and technicians in the Cath Lab combined with continued investment by the hospital has been recognized by the IAC. The Children's Colorado Cath Lab now boasts the most modern imaging equipment in the region, allowing a host of new techniques and procedures to be carried out by a dedicated team of pediatric and adult congenital specialists.

Cardiovascular catheterization accreditation by the IAC indicates that Children's Colorado's Cardiac Cath Lab has undergone a rigorous clinical peer review and is found to be in compliance with the published standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in the performance of cardiovascular interventional procedures. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical operational and technical components of the applicant facility to be assessed, including representative case studies and their corresponding final reports.


About Children's Hospital Colorado

Children's Hospital Colorado is one of the nation's leading and most expansive pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Children's Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children's Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus, and across the region. Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the new Children's Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Children's Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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About IAC

The IAC provides accreditation programs for vascular testing, echocardiography, nuclear medicine/PET, MRI, CT, dental CT, carotid stenting, vein treatment and management, cardiac electrophysiology and cardiovascular catheterization. The IAC programs for accreditation are dedicated to ensuring and promoting quality patient care supporting one common mission: Improving health care through accreditation®. IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of more than 40 national medical societies. To date, the IAC accrediting divisions have granted accreditation to more than 14,000 sites throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. To learn more about IAC, visit

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