Winchester Medical Center Cardiac Cath Lab First in VA To Be Accredited by American College of Cardiology

December 8, 2017

Winchester Medical Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab has been accredited by the American College of Cardiology, the national leader in cardiovascular credentialing, accreditation and education. Winchester Medical Center (WMC) is the first site in Virginia and fifth in the U.S. to successfully complete the ACC’s new accreditation process for its cardiac cath lab.

“We are excited to be among the very first hospitals to pursue and receive this nod of approval from the American College of Cardiology,” said Grady W. (Skip) Philips, III, Valley Health System Senior Vice President and President of Winchester Medical Center. “ACC accreditation is further affirmation that our staff has proven capabilities to treat patients in a safe manner, following best practices, to ensure the best possible outcomes.”

WMC operates six cardiac catheterization rooms dedicated to coronary intervention, cardiac devices, electrophysiology procedures and hybrid procedures including complex coronary intervention, aortic valve replacement and mitral valve interventions. In 2016, the WMC Cardiac Catheterization Lab completed more than 7,000 procedures.

“ACC accreditation is a prestigious thumbs up for our program,” said interventional cardiologist Neal S. Gaither, MD, medical director of the WMC Cardiac Cath Lab. “Our lab has been in continuous operation since 1979, with several cardiologists performing interventional procedures for 20 or more years. As cardiology has evolved to include diagnostic and interventional treatment options, our team has grown and diversified, offering advanced care with an unparalleled focus on our patients’ quality of life. I’m proud to be part of this essential regional service.”

Winchester Medical Center has been an accredited Chest Pain Center since 2006, a distinction that relies heavily on the expeditious care of patients with heart attack, from the field to ambulance to Emergency Department to Cath Lab.

About Valley Health Winchester Medical Center

Valley Health is a not-for-profit health system with six hospitals serving a population of more than 500,000 in northwest Virginia, West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, and western Maryland. Winchester Medical Center, Valley Health’s 455-bed regional referral hospital, has been consistently recognized by national quality rating organizations for its comprehensive cardiology and cardiovascular surgery services and heart attack treatment times, which outperform national standards. Visit

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.