Overlake Arrhythmia Center First on West Coast to Receive National Accreditation

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Bob and Patty Edwards Arrhythmia Center at Overlake Medical Center
is the first on the West Coast and only the ninth in the nation to
receive national recognition of atrial fibrillation– “AFib”
–accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an
Institute of the American College of Cardiology that accredits hospitals
that have achieved best-in-class standards of care related to the
treatment of cardiovascular disease.

SCPC-accredited hospitals have a 25 percent lower average length of stay
and a 20-50 percent decrease in readmissions. Overlake’s proactive
decision to become SCPC accredited benefits everyone, from medical
center personnel to patients and their families, by reducing medical
costs, improving patient outcomes and increasing patient volumes.

“Our team of doctors and administrators has worked hard to reach this
level of quality because we know the end result is that our patients
will get the absolute best care here over anywhere in the western US,”
said Overlake cardiologist Dr. Derek Rodrigues. “The SCPC accreditation
affirms that commitment.”

Cardiac arrhythmia occurs when the heart beats too slowly, too fast or
is irregular in any way. Atrial
, the most common type of arrhythmia, is a condition
that increases the risk of stroke, blood clots, heart failure and other
complications. The death rate from AFib has been rising for more than
two decades, with more than 750,000 hospitalizations occurring each
year. According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, an
estimated 5 million people in the United States have the condition, and
by 2030 more than 12 million people will require treatment.

The intensive accreditation process involved rigorous evaluation of
processes and instituting system-wide protocols of cardiac care,
assessing performance gaps, targeting areas for improvement, analyzing
patient feedback, developing patient education tools, and having the
site reviewed before being eligible for accreditation. The process
brings together diverse medical specialties such as EMS, emergency
medicine, cardiology, doctors and nurses, quality improvement
professionals, and even lawyers and architects.

Reporters interested in interviews should contact Lee Keller or
Carol Lucas at the Keller Group at 425.898.2700 or

About Overlake Medical Center

Overlake Medical Center is a nonprofit, non-tax-supported regional
hospital with a network of medical clinics located throughout the
Founded by the community in 1960, the hospital is
licensed for 349 beds and offers a comprehensive range of services
including cardiac care, neuroscience, cancer care, general and specialty
surgery, women’s programs, senior care and psychiatric services.

It was the first Level III trauma service on the Eastside and is one
of only three hospitals in the state to receive a Leapfrog ‘A’ hospital
safety score for three years in a row. For more information, visit


For Overlake Medical Center
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Brown, 425-688-5603
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