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Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center Redesignated as a Level I Emergency Cardiac Care Center

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Office of Cardiac Care has redesignated Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center as a Level I Emergency Cardiac Care Center, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to excellence in emergency cardiac care. The hospital has held the designation since 2020.

“This designation truly reflects Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center’s continued commitment to excellence in emergency cardiac care,” said Atrium Health Navicent Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Sanford G. Duke. “We’re constantly driving for excellence in our journey to improve survival rates from heart attacks and out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, and to provide the very best cardiac care.”

Established in 2017, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Office of Cardiac Care seeks to improve survival rates for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and heart attacks through quality improvement, benchmarking and guidelines supported by standardized data collection. Hospitals that meet certain criteria are designated as Emergency Cardiac Care Centers.

As part of the process to receive the designation, hospitals must submit heart attack and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest data to the Georgia Cardiac Registry and provide additional data that helps measure performance and provides insight to improve future patient outcomes.

By having a state system of Emergency Cardiac Care Centers, local ambulance services are equipped with knowledge to ensure patients receive the proper level of treatment quickly, saving lives, reducing disability and improving quality of life.

Atrium Health Navicent offers world-class cardiac care close to home at the Atrium Health Navicent Luce Heart Institute. Atrium Health Navicent is one of only four hospital systems in the nation — and the only one in Georgia — to receive the triple crown of heart accreditations by the American College of Cardiology. These designations include Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation, Heart Failure Accreditation and Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation.

Atrium Health Navicent was one of the first in the region to implement the use of the Watchman device for people with Atrial Fibrillation (AFib). This procedure is one of several ways patients can get specialized care at the Structural Heart and Valve Clinic at Atrium Health Navicent, one of only two such clinics south of Atlanta, and the only one in our region to offer Transaortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

The Atrium Health Navicent Luce Heart Institute, located at Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center, has a helipad and quick access to Interstate 75, making it easily accessible for patients and their family members. For patients recovering from heart attacks or heart surgery, Atrium Health Navicent Heart & Vascular Care's Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program has a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, counselors, nurses, dieticians and therapists to take care of VAD patients. It’s one of only two such programs south of Atlanta.

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About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of health care in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent is part of Advocate Health, which is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit

About Advocate Health

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 155,000 team members across 68 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $6 billion in annual community benefits.