Sheridan Memorial Hospital announced Monday that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) has awarded Memorial Hospital the Heart Failure Accreditation based on the hospital’s competence and specific standards that are in place to provide excellent care to patients with heart failure. According to a news release issued by the Hospital, the mission of the ACC is to transform cardiovascular care,and to improve heart health. Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.
The accreditation is awarded after a rigorous onsite review by the ACC. The yearlong process is a review of 73 mandatory components that focus on the hospital’s policies, standards, protocols, and education related to heart failure. Hospital staff reviewed policies and ensured that the ACC heart failure guidelines for patient care were met or exceeded.
The ACC requires the hospital to submit documentation to show its continual process of improvement in heart failure care, including education offerings to providers, staff, EMS and the community; benchmarking and improvement in specific metrics showing a continual improvement over a six-month period; and tracking patient education and follow up post hospitalization. The Accreditation is for three years and then the hospital will be re-reviewed on all 73 mandatory components for re-accreditation.