To achieve SCPC Heart Failure Accreditation, WakeMed met or exceeded ten criteria, including quality measures that improve the process of care for heart failure patients, integration with emergency medical services, personnel competencies and training throughout the system, and much more.
“Being first in the state to earn Heart Failure accreditation demonstrates WakeMed’s continued commitment to ensuring cardiac patients receive gold-standard care based on demonstrated best practices,” commented Betsy Gaskins-McClaine, vice president Heart & Vascular Services. “Providing this quality care requires a commitment across the health care continuum, starting from emergency medical services through the emergency department, Heart Center and continued care from a multi-disciplinary team during the patient’s hospital stay to follow-up care with cardiologists, primary care practitioners, home health, and outpatient therapy programs.
“For heart failure patients, this commitment from health providers is even more critical due to the need to continuously monitor and adjust medications, diet, and activity levels to prevent hospital re-admission and improve a patient’s quality of life. National statistics show that one in five heart failure patients who is discharged from the hospital is readmitted within 30 days.”