Achieving Certification

In two new articles in EP Lab Digest®’s October 2014 issue, authors discuss how they approached achieving certification in their medical programs. For example, Stroke Coordinator Susan Maynard, MS, RN-BC, CCNS, CCRN-CMC describes the process Mount Nittany Medical Center underwent to achieve Primary Stroke Center certification. Primary Stroke Centers were established in 2003 by The Joint Commission as a result of recommendations from the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. Mount Nittany Medical Center, located in State College, PA, is a 260-bed acute care facility under the umbrella of Mount Nittany Health. Because of the Medical Center’s location and demographics, in 2010, leadership recognized the need for the creation of a stroke program to ensure a future of high-quality care for the community. They achieved the Primary Stroke Center certification designation on June 19, 2014.

In another article, EP Lab Digest® speaks with William “Bill” Nesbitt, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington, and Hoyt Frenzel, MD, Medical Director of Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s emergency department (ED) and an emergency medicine physician on the hospital’s medical staff. Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington, located on the campus of Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, recently earned full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. They note that this certification was a logical step toward a unified guideline-based approach in the treatment of atrial fibrillation.


Boston AF Symposium – 2013

This Thursday marks the start of the 18th Annual Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, taking place January 17-19, 2013 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston. This is EP Lab Digest®’s 12th visit to this major scientific forum since our publication launch in September 2001. We look forward to seeing colleagues in the field as well as learning about the latest advances and strategies in the management of atrial fibrillation.


In a special blog this month, contributor Dr. Rishi Anand speaks with Dr. Moussa Mansour, one of the Course Directors of the 2013 Boston Atrial Fibrillation Symposium, about what to expect at this year’s meeting. Dr. Mansour notes there are several highlighted sessions this year, including featured sessions on new stroke prevention techniques, new catheter ablation techniques and mapping tools for atrial fibrillation, and information on clinical trials and regulatory issues.


We hope you will come by EP Lab Digest®’s booth (#902) at the meeting and say hello! In addition, for the latest updates and news from the Boston AF Symposium, please visit!