The Joint Commission — the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America — in conjunction with The American Heart Association, recently recognized Mercy Suburban Hospital with Core Certification in Heart Failure. This certification signifies that Mercy Suburban Hospital is dedicated to promoting better outcomes for patients in its heart failure program.
“Our Core Certification in Heart Failure has demonstrated that we meet critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with and being treated for heart failure,” explained Michael Magro, Jr., DO, FACOI, Chief Medical Officer for Mercy Suburban Hospital. “In addition to our Joint Commission accreditation, the Core Certification in Heart Failure has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional heart failure care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community.”
A Joint Commission expert evaluated Mercy Suburban’s compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program, as well as heart failure-specific requirements during a recent rigorous on-site review. Information that was collected included Joint Commission core measure data and use for performance improvement activities.
"In achieving Joint Commission core certification, Mercy Suburban Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with heart failure,” Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission, said. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Mercy Suburban for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”
“Mercy Suburban is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with high-quality heart failure care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment,” Stacy Ettinger, RN, Mercy Suburban Hospital’s Stroke and CHF Coordinator, said.
Mercy Suburban Hospital will be able to display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association Heart-Check mark for Core Certification in Heart Failure. Displaying the seal and Heart-Check mark signifies that Mercy Suburban provides the next generation of heart failure care, and will help patients easily identify this facility as one of quality that has surpassed numerous goals in the treatment of heart failure.