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Marian Regional Medical Center Recognized by American College of Cardiology with Electrophysiology Accreditation

Electrophysiology is the science of diagnosing and treating the electrical activities of the heart, or heart rhythm disorders.

SANTA MARIA, CA – May 27, 2021 – Marian Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that the American College of Cardiology has recognized the hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to an electrophysiology (EP) lab for care. Marian Regional Medical Center was awarded Electrophysiology Accreditation based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the EP lab.

logo-ACC-2021-1Electrophysiology labs provide care for patients with arrhythmias, and may employ treatments such as cardiac ablation and implantable devices such as pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators.

“Marian Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing The California Central Coast with excellent heart care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Marian Regional Medical Center with Electrophysiology Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Electrophysiology 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 guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of EP lab patients. 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, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.

“We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment, as it is a testament to the level of care and the service we provide to our community members,” says Marian Regional Medical Center President and CEO, Sue Andersen. “As one of the top-rated cardiac hospitals in the country with a proven record of excellence in cardiac care, we are committed to providing safe and innovative cardiac care services.”

Brett Gidney, M.D, serves as Marian's Regional Medical Director of EP services, and has been providing cardiac care on the Central Coast since 2012. His leadership and contributions to the EP program were integral in the attainment of this accreditation. 

The ACC offers U.S. and international hospitals like Marian Regional Medical Center 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 the EP lab. 


About Marian Regional Medical Center
Marian Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art, 191-bed medical center located in Santa Maria, CA. The modern facility is home to a broad array of services including a level III trauma center, a level II neonatal intensive care unit, a nationally recognized cardiac care center, and boasts the Central Coast’s only Comprehensive Community Cancer Program as recognized by the Commission on Cancer. Marian has been recognized for quality and patient safety and named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades®.

Marian Regional Medical Center together with Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA make up Dignity Health Central Coast, a network of hospitals, physicians, and outpatient services including physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, technologically-advanced laboratories and imaging centers, and a full service home health agency.

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 54,000 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

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