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First Hospital in FL to Receive Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from JC

January 25, 2010

The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Becomes First Hospital in the State of Florida to Receive Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from the Joint Commission

Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has become the first organization in the State of Florida and among one of the first in the nation, to achieve certification through The Joint Commission's new Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure.
This distinction is being awarded to hospitals that are "making exceptional efforts to foster better quality of care and outcomes for heart failure patients," The Joint Commission stated in a news release.
"We have set goals to excel in providing quality care and positive outcomes for the patients and families who suffer with heart failure," said Steve Rector, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, CEO.  Attaining Joint Commission certification "is an incredible accomplishment and was born from the hard work of many in our organization. We are most proud to be able to provide such a full spectrum of heart failure services to the community," said Rector.
The Joint Commission's heart failure advanced certification was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association, which, earlier this year, presented its own distinction, a Get With the Guidelines SM - Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award, to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for quality performance.  The gold award signifies that the medical center has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent or greater compliance for at least 24 months as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
To merit certification under The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure, a hospital or medical center must:
• Meet The Joint Commission's standards and performance measurement requirements in heart failure
• Achieve at least 85 percent compliance with the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines SM measures in heart failure and sustain that compliance for 90 days or more
• Collect data on Joint Commission core measures for heart failure and use this data in ongoing performance improvement activities.
Specifically, the Advanced Certification Program in Heart Failure promotes successful heart-failure management efforts, including a standard method of delivering and coordinating care, implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, a secure and timely system for sharing information across settings and providers to safeguard patient rights and privacy, comprehensive performance improvement program, and clinical practices that support patient self-management.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has a national reputation in the treatment of heart failure.  Recently the medical center received the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Triple Performance Award (one of only 27 participating hospitals in the nation to receive the award), for Coronary Artery Disease, Stroke, Heart Failure. The hospital was also the first hospital in the State of Florida to receive the Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award  in 2009, from the American Heart Association.

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