The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Coshocton Regional Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Coshocton Regional Medical Center was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in November 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.
"Coshocton Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing the Coshocton Community with excellent heart care," said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. "ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Coshocton Regional Medical Center with Heart Failure Accreditation."
"A year ago, our dedicated team set out to achieve this goal and they worked diligently to accomplish it," said Lisa Jackson, CNO. "We can now serve the community with our Chest Pain and Heart Failure designations, making us 1 of 3 hospitals in the state of Ohio to receive both prestigious heart care classifications."
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.