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Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside Recognized with Chest Pain Accreditation

ROCKFORD, Illinois—The American College of Cardiology has recognized Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain.

Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. In addition, the hospital received primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with resuscitation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. They have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.

“Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside has demonstrated its commitment to providing Winnebago Countywith excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside with Chest Pain Center Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the care of patients experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.

“Our exceptional collaboration between all respective partners, from Prehospital care professionals, our Emergency Medicine team, our General Medicine team to Cardiology and Cath lab, has created a system for delivery of world class cardiovascular care,” said Abdoulie Njie, MD, Emergency Medicine at Mercyhealth.

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside access to a comprehensive suite of cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including emergency treatment of heart attacks.

Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside’s accreditation is effective through December 6, 2023. Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville and Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center–Walworth are also accredited.


Left to right: Valerie Heaton, RT(R); Leana Harris, RN; Prasad Kilaru, MD – Cardio Interventionalist; Taylor Rumple, RN; Jim Combs, CEPS, RCIS, RCES, EMTP; Tracy Hamer RT(R); Montoya Taylor, MD – Cardio Interventionalist; Josh Dollinger, RT(R); Lisa Gonzalez, RT(R); Mary McWilliams (RN). Team members not shown: Noelle Miller, NP – Chest Pain Program Coordinator; Renee Groene, RN; Joy Langley, RN; Tina Schulz, RN; Kerstein Bracker, RN; Laura Vanwy, RN; Erika Oliver RT(R); Chris Wilson, RTR(CV), RCIS, RCES; Michelle Dimon RT(R)
The American College of Cardiology has recognized Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. In addition, the hospital received primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with resuscitation.
Javon Bea Hospital–Riverside Emergency Department staff hold their Chest Pain Center Accreditation award. The American College of Cardiology has recognized Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea Hospital—Riverside for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Pictured from left to right are: Charley Carlson, Emergency Room RN; Angel Farris, Executive Administrative Secretary; Julie O’Keefe, Emergency Room RN; Dr. Abdoulie Njie, Chest Pain Medical Director and Emergency Room Medical Director; Cara Sturlini, Emergency Room RN; Dr. Brian Jokhy, Emergency Room Physician; Helen Lawhorn, Emergency Room RN Educator; Noelle Miller, RN and Chest Pain Coordinator.

About Mercyhealth: Mercyhealth is a multi-regional health system with more than 700 employed physician partners, seven hospitals and 85 primary and specialty care locations serving 55 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities. Mercyhealth’s over 7,000 employee/partners care for over 2.4 million patient visits each year. As the top vertically integrated health care provider, they continuously work with a passion for making lives better for the people, families and communities they serve.

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 more than 52,000 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. For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.