Joint Commission experts provided a rigorous on-site review, evaluating compliance with disease-specific care standards as well as with heart failure-specific requirements. The certification recognizes heart failure programs that include either a hospital-based and hospital-owned outpatient heart failure clinic or have a collaborative relationship with one or more attending cardiology practices. By participating in the program, St. Anthony’s must use the latest scientific research developed to meet individualized patient needs.
“We are proud to be the only hospital in the area to demonstrate this level of commitment to our heart failure patients,” said Dr. Charles Carey
, Medical Director of St. Anthony’s Heart Failure Clinic
. “We are happy to have The Joint Commission recognize our efforts. We will work to continue to show this level of dedication to the heart failure patients of our community.”
An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure, a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs. Although the heart keeps working, it’s not as effective as it should be. Each year, about 825,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 will die of heart failure. However, many patients can lead a full life through a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.