SARASOTA, Fla. (May 6, 2019) — Two prestigious national certifications recently validated Sarasota Memorial's commitment to providing excellent care for patients with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The hospital has once again earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Mark for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. SMH's Heart Failure Program has been continuously certified since 2011.
For the first time, Sarasota Memorial also received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for COPD certification. For each certifications, the hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review. Joint Commission experts evaluated the organization's compliance with disease-specific care standards.
Heart Failure Expertise
Established in 2010 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Heart Failure was developed in collaboration with an external task force of experts and organizations with expertise in heart failure care. To be eligible for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure, healthcare providers must have achieved at least a Bronze level of performance from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program (Sarasota Memorial has earned the Gold level) and have established a comprehensive heart failure-focused program. The hospital also must use the latest scientific research developed to meet individualized patient needs.
More than 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure, a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs, according to estimates from the American Heart Association. Sarasota Memorial’s Heart Failure Center treats patients at any stage of heart failure, working with the individual and his or her physicians to create a customized care strategy that includes outpatient clinic visits, symptom and weight tracking, expert medication regimens, and activity and dietary action plans. A physician referral is required for participation. For more information, call 941-917-7867 (PUMP).
SMH also has an in-person Cardiovascular Support Group that offers interactive discussions on various cardiac topics, including heart failure, as well as an online support community. Call 941-313-1863 for meeting dates and other information.
Effective COPD Care
SMH's newest certification reflects the organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care for patients with COPD, a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It is estimated to affect 16 million Americans.
Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s COPD certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:
• Compliance with consensus-based national standards;
• Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and
• An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.
Sarasota Memorial offers a specialized COPD Program, including a Pulmonary Disease Support Group that meets from 1 to 2 pm on the second Wednesday of each month in HealthConnection, located on the first floor of the hospital. Call 941-917-7072 to learn more.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship hospital in Sarasota, Fla., has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s best, with superior patient outcomes. The system offers a complete continuum of care – from trauma, emergency and urgent care, to laboratory, diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. SMH was recognized among the nation’s 100 top hospitals by IBM Watson Health in 2019 and remains the only hospital in Florida to have consistently earned the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highest five-star quality rating since the evaluation system launched in 2016.