CCH receives American College of Cardiology Accreditation for Heart Failure

December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017

Contacts:

FACILITY CONTACT: Crystal Hickman, crystal.hickman@lpnt.net , 919.774.2015

ACC: Katie Glenn, kglenn@acc.org, 202-375-6472

Central Carolina Hospital Recognized for Excellence with ACC Heart Failure Accreditation

Central Carolina Hospital provides necessary care, resources to heart failure patients

Sanford, NC (December 12, 2017) — The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized CENTRAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. CENTRAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.

Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.

Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing heart failure have been able to reduce time to treatment, and are able to identify and predict high-risk patients while also reducing length-of-stay and hospital readmissions.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Heart Failure Accreditation on CENTRAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend CENTRAL CAROLINA HOSPITAL for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to providing Lee County and surrounding areas with excellent care of heart failure patients.”

Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of heart failure patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.

"We are extremely pleased to have achieved this designation," states Spencer Thomas, Central Carolina Hospital’s Interim CEO. "Accreditation is a rigorous process, but one that we welcome as a continual quality improvement mechanism. Earning American College of Cardiology Heart Failure Accreditation is another measure of our commitment to excellence and reflects our commitment to our patients. I am extremely proud of our team who worked to make this a reality "

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Central Carolina Hospital to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including heart failure.

About Central Carolina Hospital

Central Carolina Hospital, a Duke Lifepoint Hospital, is a 137-bed acute care hospital that serves the health care needs of Lee County and surrounding communities.  With over 120 physicians, the hospital offers a wide range of specialties including cardiology, orthopedics, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, otolaryngology, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, gastroenterology, pediatrics, hospitalist services, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, hematology, urology, podiatry, dentistry, pulmonary medicine, and wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Hospital services include emergency room, physical and occupational therapy, ophthalmology, cardiac rehabilitation, diagnostic imaging and radiology, inpatient and outpatient surgery, dialysis, maternity services, nutritional counseling by clinical dietitians, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Central Carolina Hospital was reaccredited by the Joint Commission for a 3-year period in May 2015.

Committed to providing quality care to the community, the hospital has earned numerous disease-specific quality designations:

American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achieve­ment Award for Heart Failure, January 2017

American Heart Association Get with the GuidelinesSM Gold Plus Performance Achieve­ment Award for Stroke, January 2017

American College of Radiology Gold Seal Accredited for Mammography June 2016

Healogics Center of Distinction for Wound Care, February 2017

Joint Commission Advanced Primary Stroke Certification, January 2017

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

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