Cooper University Health Care First in Delaware Valley Recognized by The American College of Cardiology For Excellence with ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification

Cooper developed processes to standardize patient care, increase quality measurement

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Cooper University Health Care for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients receiving transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures with ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification. Cooper is the first and only hospital in the Delaware Valley to be awarded this certification.

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to treat aortic stenosis, a narrowing of the valve that regulates the flow of blood from the heart. In recent years, it has become a safe and effective alternative to traditional open-heart surgery.

“This is a great recognition of Cooper’s cardiac experts, who are dedicated to clinical excellence and the highest level of cardiac care, which consumers have come to expect from the leading academic health system in the region,” said Kevin M. O’Dowd, JD, co- CEO of Cooper University Health Care.

“This recognition by The American College of Cardiology is the direct result of our dedicated team of specialists, advanced practice providers, nurses, and support staff,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, co-CEO of Cooper.

Cooper was awarded Transcatheter Valve Certification based on evaluation of the staff’s ability to meet the high standards for multidisciplinary teams, formalized training, shared decision-making, and registry performance. The certification uses established national clinical measures to support clinical decisions and links process improvement to patient outcomes.

“Cooper has demonstrated its commitment to providing southern New Jersey with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Cooper with Transcatheter Valve Certification.”

“Cooper continues to offer new cardiac procedures and advanced techniques to provide more options to our patients,” said Philip A. Koren, MD, FACC, FSCAI, medical director of the Cooper Heart Institute. “We are very excited about this newest milestone, which attests to Cooper’s advanced capabilities and quality care.”

“As a high volume cardiac center, Cooper has long been a leader in clinical trials and utilization of new devices for the treatment of structural heart conditions,” said Sajjad A. Sabir, MD, director of the Cooper Structural Heart Disease Program. “Cooper was among the first hospitals in the nation and the first in New Jersey to offer the TAVR procedure beginning in 2011.”

About Cardiology Services at Cooper

The Cooper Heart Institute is the most comprehensive heart care center in southern New Jersey, earning national recognition for its superior quality and world-renowned team of cardiovascular experts. At Cooper, patients have access to a full spectrum of heart care from prevention and diagnosis to cutting-edge technology and innovative treatment.

In 2018, Cooper and Inspira Health Network formed a joint venture to integrate cardiac services. Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira provides patients in the South Jersey region with access to more coordinated cardiac services across the continuum of care. For more information about the Structural Heart program at Cooper, visit  or call  (856-968-7812).

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


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