Grand View Hospital’s Advanced Heart Failure Program Awarded Certification by The Joint Commission
|(February 13, 2012) Sellersville, PA – Grand View Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in Advanced Heart Failure by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.
Grand View is the first hospital within the greater Philadelphia region and surrounding areas to receive certification in Advanced Heart Failure. The certification award recognizes Grand View’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
In a rigorous onsite survey conducted on February 1, The Joint Commission evaluated Grand View for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.
Cathy Hurley, Grand View’s Director of Licensure Accreditation & Quality and Denise Kistler, RN, CNRN, Inpatient Vascular Coordinator
|"With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to achieve excellence in heart failure treatment and continually improve the care we provide,” said Grand View’s inpatient vascular coordinator Denise Kistler, RN, CNRN.
As part of Grand View’s Advanced Heart Failure program, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies – such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and diuretics. Kistler said they also receive counseling on nutrition, smoking cessation, salt reduction, fluid intake monitoring, and other health topics. She added, “We also monitor them after discharge to ensure they are properly following through on instructions.”
"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Grand View has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with heart failure," said Jean Range, MS, RN, CPHQ executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission.
Grand View’s Advanced Heart Failure Program is part of the hospital’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases. Using advanced techniques and equipment, the Center manages cardiovascular problems ranging from the prevention and supervision of risk factors, to the management of complex medical conditions.
The Center brings together a multi-disciplinary team that uses a collaborative approach to treatment. Areas of concentration include:
In other recognition, Grand View received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Bronze Quality Award in Heart Failure last year. That award signifies that Grand View has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
- Cardiology - Medical and Interventional
- Stroke - Stroke Prevention and Management
- Vascular Services - Surgical and Non-Surgical Interventions
Other hospital programs earned certification by The Joint Commission this year. Grand View’s Stroke Program was awarded its third consecutive Gold Seal of Approval while the orthopaedic Joint Replacement Program earned its second consecutive Gold Seal of Approval in both hip and knee replacement.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Grand View offers a range of care – particularly emphasizing the areas of cancer treatment, women's and children's health, surgery, orthopaedics, and heart and vascular care. Visit www.gvh.org for more information about the hospital, its programs, and services.
About the Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.