Canton, Ohio: Mercy Medical Center recently received reaccreditation as a Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. Mercy was the first hospital in Ohio and the second in the nation to be named an accredited Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium in 2009.
The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium brings quality and process improvement to the care of heart failure patients in the community and hospitals by using improvement-based continuous accreditation. The Colloquium offers an organized and systematic approach to heart failure that encompasses the entire continuum of care. The process is modeled after well-established process improvement methods used in industry. The accreditation of Mercy’s Heart Failure Center (HFC) indicates that the hospital is proficient in managing this disease, placing emphasis on both quantity and quality of life across the entire continuum of care.
The accreditation process included an analysis of current practices, a comprehensive report, in-depth interviews and an on-site review.
According to Tony Joseph, M.D. and CEO of the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, heart failure is a growing health problem in the U.S. with 550,000 new cases diagnosed each year. “Half of these individuals will die within five years,” said Dr. Joseph. “Organizations like Mercy Medical Center recognize that heart failure is a chronic disease. Mercy is to be applauded for its innovative programs within the Community Domain of HF.”
To learn more about Mercy’s HF programs, call 330-580-4764. For more information on the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, visit www.thacinc.com <http://www.thacinc.com/> .
Forefront of Heart Failure Care
James D. Johns, M.D., medical director of the Mercy Heart Failure Center, believes that raising the awareness of physicians, nurses, and the community to the importance of proper care of individuals with heart failure is an important goal of the institute. Close monitoring of symptoms and adjusting treatment accordingly helps patients avoid return trips to the hospital and maintain quality outpatient care.
"This reaccreditation means Mercy is on the forefront of heart failure care and actively contributing to the formation of best practices for this serious, long-term condition," said Johns. "In keeping with the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium’s Ideal Heart Failure Institute ModelSM, we strive to understand the disease process from the patient’s point of view and continue to implement patient-focused programs that improve quality and length of life."
Ahmed Sabe, M.D., medical director of the Mercy Heart Center, believes the Mercy Heart Failure Center reaccreditation is added recognition of the Mercy Heart Center’s decades of achievements and leadership. Ranked number one in Ohio in overall cardiac care in the HealthGrades 2011 report, Mercy was awarded three heart care excellence awards and six five-star ratings — including for the treatment of heart failure. HealthGrades is America’s leading independent health care ratings organization.
He said, "At Mercy, we believe a community hospital must strive for excellence. We have to offer the best care because the lives of those in our community depend on us."
Mercy’s Heart Care Leadership
In 2006 Mercy was the nation’s first to install a fully functioning cardiac catheterization lab in its Emergency Department Chest Pain Center. The cath lab has helped Mercy become the nation’s fastest angioplasty responder and exceed American College of Cardiology goals by getting more than 90 percent of patients to catheterization in less than 90 minutes of hospital arrival. Many patients receive catheterization within 15 minutes and Mercy set a world record time of seven minutes from door to reperfusion.
The hospital’s impressive list of other heart care firsts includes:
The world’s first angioplasty in an emergency department.
The nation’s first accredited chest pain center; cardiac catheterization in a community hospital; and ER use of cardiopulmonary bypass to resuscitate victims of heart attack.
Ohio’s first emergency chest pain center with accreditation to perform angioplasty 24/7; drug-eluting stent angioplasty; and minimally invasive coronary bypass.
• Mercy Heart Center was named twice to the US News and World Report Best 50 Heart Centers and is the only Stark County hospital to receive this distinction.
About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Carrollton, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.
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