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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center Awarded Heart Failure Certification by Joint Commission

Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center’s (IPMC) Heart Failure Management Program has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality from the Joint Commission and is the only hospital in Broward and Dade Counties to achieve this certification. 

Affecting more than 5 million people in the United States, heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart muscle is unable to pump enough blood through the heart to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Recognizing the need, a team of physicians, nurses and hospital staff developed a program to help diagnosis, treat, educate and provide post-hospital follow-up care for patients living with this condition. The goal is to reduce hospital readmission of heart failure patients and ultimately improve their quality of life. 

To earn this distinction, a disease management program undergoes an extensive, on-site evaluation by Joint Commission reviewers every two years. 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 within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

“This certification means Imperial Point Medical Center does the right things and does them well for heart failure management program patients,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“Imperial Point voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide and to inform the community about Imperial Point's recognized expertise in managing and treating chronic heart disease patients," says Calvin Glidewell, CEO of IMPC. “We’re proud to achieve this distinction.  Our Primary Stroke Center also received certification by the Joint Commission in February 2010.”

Heart failure has many FACES: Fatigue, Activity Intolerance, Chest Congestion, Edema, Shortness of Breath.  Imperial Point Medical Center is holding a heart failure education/support group on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11:30 a.m.  For more information, call (954) 940-7064.

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.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit, www.browardhealth.org.