Penn State Hershey Heart and Vascular Institute’s (PSHVI) heart failure program has once again earned the Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality from the Joint Commission.
To earn this distinction, which it first received in 2009, PSHVI underwent an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care, and interviews with patients and staff.
“This is recognition of our expertise in the evaluation and management of heart failure at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where we offer the only full service heart failure center in central Pennsylvania,” said John Boehmer, medical director of the heart failure program. “We are especially proud to receive this designation from the Joint Commission because it recognizes not only our expertise in our specialty services, but also the quality of care delivery throughout our system, including primary care services.”
Heart failure certification is one of several disease-specific certification programs launched by The Joint Commission in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify specific disease management. A list of programs certified by the Joint Commission is available at www.jointcommission.org. PSHVI is also certified for its ventricular assist device (VAD) program.