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Published on October 05, 2010

Nazareth Awarded National Certification in Heart Failure; Recertification on Stroke Care, Hip/Knee

Northeast Philadelphia, PA - Nazareth Hospital has earned the congestive heart failure Gold Seal of Approval® for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded Nazareth Hospital national, Disease-Specific Care Certification for congestive heart failure and has renewed Nazareth's national certification for stroke care and for hip replacement and knee replacement.

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, on-site evaluation by The Joint Commission every two years. Each program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program's processes, the program's ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

"This certification means Nazareth does the right things and does them well for patients with congestive heart failure, stroke and hip and knee replacement," says Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

"Nazareth Hospital voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide, says Christina Fitz-Patrick, CEO, Nazareth Hospital. We're proud to achieve this distinction."

Nazareth has earned national recognition for its orthopedic care, most recently being designated as Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement by Independence Blue Cross. Through Nazareth's joint replacement program, patients have access to advanced diagnostic imaging, comprehensive preoperative education classes, expert surgical care, specialized post-surgical nursing care, and postoperative care from both our CARF-accredited 20-bed Acute Rehab Unit and our Transitional Care Unit. The Hospital first earned national certification for hip replacement and knee replacement in 2008.

Nazareth has also won accolades for its stroke care, and has received three consecutive Get With The Guidelines® Gold Sustained Performance Awards from the American Stroke Association. Nazareth's stroke program has achieved recertification every survey cycle; in fact, Nazareth was the second community hospital in the U.S. to have earned designation as a Primary Stroke Center. The program features multidisciplinary rapid response, speedy access to diagnostic imaging and timely administration of clot-busting drugs when appropriate, as well as education for staff, patients and the community about the signs and symptoms of stroke.

New this year was The Joint Commission survey of Nazareth's Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) program which heavily emphasizes comprehensive patient education and the use of remote health monitoring technology to help patients manage the symptoms of their disease.

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org.

Christy A. McCabe

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