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Beebe Healthcare again earns Advanced Recertification for Heart Failure

December 13, 2017

Beebe Healthcare announced that it has again received the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Beebe first received the Certification in Advanced Heart Failure in 2015.

To earn the certification, Beebe underwent a rigorous on-site review in which Joint Commission experts evaluated the organization's compliance with disease-specific care standards and with heart failure-specific requirements. The certification, awarded for a two-year period, also recognizes Beebe's Heart Failure Program for its collaborative relationship with its cardiologists, and for using the latest scientific research developed to meet each patient's needs. The program, which is part of Beebe's Cardiac and Vascular Services, provides patients with specialized care and education, both in and out of the hospital.

"This recertification reflects the commitment of Beebe team members to providing advanced and compassionate care to our heart failure patients," said Lynn Amey, RN-BC, BSN, MS, RVT, executive director of Cardiac and Vascular Services at Beebe. "It also reflects their commitment to keeping up with the latest information on how to continually improve care so that these patients can obtain their individual optimum quality of life."

Beebe's Cardiac and Vascular Services provide a comprehensive program that includes: open heart surgery and vascular surgery; nonsurgical cardiac and vascular procedures; cardiac and vascular testing; and Cardiac Rehab and the Ornish Reversal Program.

"Beebe Healthcare has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients who are being treated for heart failure," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, hospital business development, Joint Commission. "We commend Beebe for becoming a leader in heart failure care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for cardiac patients in its community."

"We congratulate Beebe Healthcare for this outstanding achievement," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, American Heart Association. "This recertification reflects their commitment to providing the highest quality of care for patients with heart failure."

Advanced Certification in Heart Failure signifies that Beebe Healthcare delivers the best possible care available, not only while the patient is hospitalized, but also following discharge. Transition of care occurs as case managers and the heart failure team coordinate and communicate with Beebe Home Care Services and with Beebe's Population Health Department. Post-discharge care includes follow-up visits with the cardiologist within seven days, and phone calls from a Beebe nurse practitioner to those patients who decline home care services. Once patients are home, they receive telemedicine and physical therapy as needed.

Criteria for The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Heart Failure was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association.

For more information, go to www.beebehealthcare.org/cardiac-vascular-services. Anyone who is new to the area and needs help finding a cardiologist or vascular surgeon can contact Carrie Snyder, Beebe nurse navigator, at 844-316-3334 or cardiacnavigator@beebehealthcare.org.