Conemaugh Memorial Recognized for Excellence with ACC Heart Failure Accreditation

January 5, 2018

Conemaugh Memorial Provides Necessary Care, Resources to Heart Failure Patients

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. The accreditation will be in effect for three years beginning December 6, 2017, until renewal.

Heart failure is a condition when the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Heart failure affects almost 6.5 million adults.

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center was awarded this accreditation based on 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, and clinical quality measures.

“We are extremely proud of our team for the outstanding care they provide for our heart failure patients,” says Kerri Tononi, Executive Director of Cardiovascular Services at Conemaugh Health System. “Heart failure is a disease that effects a large number of patients in our community. When our team began the journey for this accreditation, I had no doubt that they would be successful. Our dedicated cardiologists and nursing team are committed to providing our community with best practices in treating cardiac diseases and this accreditation, as well as the chest pain accreditation we were awarded in 2016, are examples of that commitment. I am excited to see what our cardiovascular team will accomplish next for our community”. 

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 Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Conemaugh Memorial for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to providing its community 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.

To schedule an appointment with Conemaugh Physician Group – Cardiology, call (814) 475-8600.

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About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.