Baptist Health Louisville Recognized for Excellence with

April 04, 2018

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Baptist Health Louisville for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Baptist Health Louisville was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in late January based on a 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.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Baptist Health Louisville for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Baptist Health Louisville was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in late January based on a 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 Baptist Health Louisville,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Baptist Health Louisville for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to providing Louisville and surrounding counties 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.

“Our team has worked hard to achieve this prestigious accreditation and to improve outcomes for our patients with Heart Failure and other cardiovascular diseases,” said Rudolph Licandro, MD, Cardiologist and medical director of the cardiovascular program at Baptist Health Louisville. “Currently there are only 10 facilities in the nation that are Heart Failure v3 and Baptist Health Louisville is the second hospital in the state of Kentucky. We’re proud of the excellent quality of cardiovascular care we provide to patients in the region.”

 

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Baptist Health Louisville access 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.

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