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August 10, 2010 > St. Rose Hospital selected for clinical study

St. Rose Hospital selected for clinical study

Submitted By Pam Russo, R.N.

St. Rose Hospital has been selected by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to participate in a three-year, State-wide Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) pilot program, allowing the Hospital to perform Non-Emergency PCI.

PCI, also known as angioplasty, is recognized as a critical intervention procedure for individuals suffering a heart attack due to blockage in the arteries. While St. Rose Hospital has been performing Emergency PCI since its designation as a Cardiac Receiving Center for Alameda County, current California law prohibits hospitals from performing Elective or Non-Emergency PCI without an on-site open heart surgery program. Under this pilot program, St. Rose will be able to perform Elective PCI as part of a clinical study established under Senate Bill 891.

"Being selected to participate in this state-wide pilot program further demonstrates the Hospital and Board's commitment to cardiovascular care," states Michael Mahoney, President and CEO of St. Rose Hospital. "This program sets forth rigorous standards to support the legislative goals of patient safety and quality care for those patients who require interventional cardiac care."

St. Rose Hospital is one of only six hospitals in California to be selected for this program, paving the way for the Hospital to become a research site to analyze the outcomes of non-emergent PCI. To participate in the pilot program, an eligible hospital has to demonstrate that it complies with strict criteria and has the resources and commitment of qualified physicians and staff to meet the on-going requirements and specific protocols throughout the duration of the program.

"I am thrilled that St. Rose Hospital is one of only six in the state to be chosen to participate in this study to perform Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention," said state Senator Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro). St. Rose is a cornerstone of the health care delivery system in our region and provides vital services to residents who are most in need. Being part of this study will improve the health of its patients and the entire community."

"This is an exciting opportunity for St. Rose and the community, and one that would not have been possible without careful preparation, planning and collaboration of the entire Hospital staff and physicians," says Mariellen Faria, Vice President of Patient Services at St. Rose Hospital. "We are pleased to begin our participation in this study and to improve access to elective PCI for our local community."

For more details about the California Department of Health's Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) Pilot Program, visit

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