(New Bern, NC) CarolinaEast Medical Center has been awarded the American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation, a comprehensive level of designation for cardiovascular care. It recognizes hospitals committed to following proven treatment guidelines incorporated into a comprehensive system of care to fully address the needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions.
Hospitals accredited as Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence must meet or exceed standards established using multidisciplinary treatment models for all types of cardiovascular patients. These standards include 24/7 cardiovascular services, comprehensive training for all staff caring for this patient population, a strong internal and external systems of care approach to deliver services and extensive community outreach to help their population recognize and participate in cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence accredited facilities are recognized as champions in their populations’ health.
CarolinaEast underwent reviews by the American Heart Association’s accreditation review team. During the reviews, cardiovascular quality improvement specialists reviewed the hospital’s policies, procedures and operations to ensure appropriate diagnosis, treatment and education protocols were in place and executed for the cardiovascular patients. The facility also had to demonstrate efforts in enhancing their community’s awareness on the importance of cardiovascular health.
Key areas in which CarolinaEast demonstrated a commitment to adherence to accreditation required treatment standards include the care of patients with chest pain, atrial fibrillation and heart failure.
As a result of their exemplary efforts, CarolinaEast will display the official American Heart Association Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation heart-check mark.
“CarolinaEast is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiovascular care centered in current scientific research,” said Lynda Pope, Director, Cardiopulmonary Services. “The American Heart Association’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments and recognizes our commitment to continually work to improve the overall multidisciplinary treatment and care for our patients.”
Through this accreditation program, the American Heart Association hopes to significantly reduce cardiac death and disability by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of heart diseases, reduce the time it takes to receive lifesaving treatments and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.
The overall goal for the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence accreditation is to improve the outcomes of patients affected by cardiovascular disease. This is accomplished by optimizing the patient and caregiver experiences through a collaborative approach to incorporate best practices founded on established evidence-based cardiovascular treatment guidelines fostered with a systems of care approach.
For more information on the American Heart Association cardiac accreditation programs, visit our website: www.heart.org/cardiacaccreditation.