McLaren Macomb has received full Heart Failure Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). The three-year accreditation recognizes McLaren Macomb’s commitment to offering the highest standards of treatment and care for patients with heart failure. McLaren Macomb is one of only three hospitals in Michigan to have earned Heart Failure Accreditation.
“Our Heart Failure Accreditation is a result of the commitment of our dedicated team of professionals at McLaren Macomb to provide the highest quality, evidence-based care for the patient with heart failure,” said Loraine Cusumano, RN, BSN, MSA, director of Cardiovascular Services at McLaren Macomb. “It is a testimony to the value of collaboration between departments and professionals to engage in continuous process improvement.”
Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately five million patients in the United States have heart failure. In addition, heart failure patients are responsible for 12 to 15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days. SCPC’s goal is to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes.
McLaren Macomb has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. McLaren Macomb’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay.
Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following:
- Emergency Department integration with Emergency Medical Services
- Emergency assessment of patients with symptoms of acute decompensated heart failure-diagnosis
- Risk stratification of the heart failure patient
- Treatment for patients presenting to the Emergency Department in heart failure
- Heart failure discharge criteria from the Emergency Department, observation stay or inpatient stay
- Heart failure patient education in the emergency department, observation and inpatient unit
- Personnel, competencies and training
- Process improvement
- Organizational structure and commitment
- Heart failure community outreach
To learn more about the symptoms of heart disease and the expertise of McLaren Macomb’s Mat Gaberty Heart Center, please visit www.mclaren.org/macombheart
The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that brings together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare.