SJH&MC First in the State to receive Heart Failure Accreditation
St. John Hospital and Medical Center has received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. SJH&MC is the first hospital in Michigan to receive this recognition.
Heart failure is the leading cause of death in the United States. Approximately five million people in the U.S have heart failure. In addition, heart failure patients are responsible for 12 to 15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days. SCPC's goal is to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes.
This accreditation represents the hospital’s commitment and dedication to our heart failure patients. It involves the coordinated efforts of emergency medical services, emergency medicine, cardiology, the heart failure inpatient unit and community education."We are proud to be the first SCPC accredited Heart Failure Center in Michigan" says Margarita Pena, M.D., SJH&MC emergency medicine physician.
"I am so proud of the way our team worked collaboratively to achieve this accreditation. Not only does this demonstrate our commitment to provide the highest level of quality care but it enhances our Cardiovascular Center of Excellence," says Debbie Condino, SJH&MC vice president.
SJH&MC has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. The hospital’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay. Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following:
- Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
- Emergency Assessment of Patients with Symptoms of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure-Diagnosis
- Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Heart Failure
- Heart Failure Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Stay or Inpatient Stay
- Heart Failure Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation and Inpatient Unit
For more information, please check out our heart and vascular care page.