August 22, 2016
Joins four MountainStar Healthcare hospitals as the only network in Utah to achieve this recognition
- The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care established accreditations to improve treatment and outcomes for patients along the continuum of care.
- Patient care improvement goals for each accreditation vary; each one aims to save more people’s lives and significantly reduce disabilities related to serious heart conditions.
Bountiful, Utah, August 09, 2016 – Seven MountainStar Healthcare hospitals recently achieved national accreditation by the ACC Accreditation Services. They were each recognized for improving the delivery of timely and effective treatment of chest pain including heart attacks. Five hospitals including Lakeview Hospital also achieved atrial fibrillation and heart failure accreditation.
“Behind every accreditation our hospital receives, there are many wonderful and committed caregivers,” said Troy Wood, Lakeview CEO. “I am so thankful to be part of a hospital that does all they can to achieve excellent patient care each and every day.”
Lakeview Hospital and four other MountainStar hospitals make up the only healthcare network in Utah to meet the rigorous criteria for all three accreditations in 2016. Seven MountainStar hospitals achieved Chest Pain Center Accreditation for the fourth year in a row. The SCPC established the accreditations to improve the collaboration and integration of hospital teams and departments, which leads to better treatment and outcomes for patients along the continuum of care.
“As a healthcare network, we are committed to helping patients with heart conditions to live longer, healthier lives,” said John Cooper, cardiovascular service line director at MountainStar Healthcare. “Achieving these accreditations confirms our ability to intervene quickly using best clinical practices when patients experience symptoms of A-fib, chest pain including heart attack, and heart failure.”
Caregivers at Lakeview and the other MountainStar hospitals work closely with local emergency medical services providers to improve patient care. A mutual goal is to diagnose life-threatening heart conditions accurately and fast, often while patients are being transported to the hospital.
“It takes a tremendous amount of work to achieve these particular accreditations,” said Jeff Bassett, South Davis Metro Fire Chief. “I am confident that our patients will be in good hands at Lakeview Hospital and will receive outstanding care each and every time.”
Patient care improvement goals for the accreditations vary; each one aims to save more people’s lives and significantly reduce disabilities related to serious heart conditions. A general overview for the accreditations follows:
Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation
Improve the care delivered to the rapidly increasing population of patients with the most common cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation. Offer the right tools at the right time and provide state-of-the-art care with the goal of reducing the accompanying risk of stroke and potential loss of life.
Chest Pain Center Accreditation
Evaluate and improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with heart attack symptoms. Preserve the integrity of the heart muscle by reducing the critical window of time before blood flow is restored (door-to-balloon time).
Heart Failure Accreditation
Organize the delivery of care to patients with heart failure in a systematic manner that supports adherence to evidence-based guidelines established by the American College of Cardiologists and the American Heart Association and other evidence-based quality initiatives.
Following are some highlights of what multidisciplinary teams at Lakeview and other MountainStar hospitals are doing to further improve care for patients with symptoms of A-fib, chest pain or heart failure:
- Implementing proven practices to orchestrate, monitor, and optimize clinical processes.
- Facilitating a speedier diagnosis, immediate stabilization and treatment to mitigate life-threatening conditions, and optimal patient outcomes.
- Employing a multidisciplinary, patient-centric approach from admission through discharge.
- Utilizing standardized sets for physician orders and ensuring appropriate lengths-of-stay.
- Collaborating with physicians and emergency medical service providers to integrate out-of-hospital interventions.
- Preventing unnecessary readmissions with established care coordination at discharge, early follow-up care and patient/family education.
- Measuring performance, adherence to best practices and patient outcomes; using data to improve the quality of care.
The SCPC established accreditation designations to improve patient outcomes and optimize resource utilization at hospitals across the United States. Its operational models help hospitals to plan and organize the delivery of care in a systematic manner that supports adherence to evidence-based guidelines and quality initiatives. The criteria for each of its accreditations contains essential components aimed at organizing and streamlining process improvement efforts.
The ACC Accreditation Services is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.