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John C. Lincoln Deer Valley and North Mountain Hospitals have become the first hospitals in Arizona to earn full accreditation as Heart Failure Centers from the national Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).
This latest accreditation adds another dimension of recognized expertise in cardiac care at both John C. Lincoln Hospitals. Both medical facilities were among the first in the state to have been certified as Cardiac Arrest Centers by the State of Arizona and accredited nationally by SCPC as Chest Pain Centers with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as angioplasty), the highest national accreditation possible for emergency heart attack care.
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Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately five million patients in the United States 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.
The Heart Failure Center Accreditation Process
To earn the national Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) accreditation as a Heart Failure Center, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria. The hospital must also undergo an onsite review by a team of SCPC's accreditation review specialists.
SCPC noted that John C. Lincoln'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
- Risk Stratification of the Heart Failure Patient
- 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
- Personnel, Competencies and Training
- Process Improvement
- Organizational Structure and Commitment
- Heart Failure Community Outreach