CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center has received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). SCPC’s Heart Failure (HF) Accreditation helps facilities: manage the heart failure patient population more effectively and efficiently; reduce readmissions; and improve patient outcomes.

Through receiving accreditation, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Regional Heart Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding an array of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC’s HF Accreditation status employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management. This allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment and to better risk stratify patients while also reducing length-of-stay.

By achieving SCPC’s Heart Failure Accreditation status, demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Governance – Recommends proven practices to orchestrate, monitor, and optimize clinical processes.
  • Community Outreach – Increases public awareness and affect behavior with education, website content, public service, announcements, and partnerships with local businesses, employers, and healthcare providers.
  • Pre-Hospital Care – Integrates out-of-hospital interventions delivered by community healthcare providers and first responders.
  • Early Stabilization – Speeds diagnosis and treatment to mitigate immediate life threatening conditions. Improved risk stratification and patient flow.
  • Acute Care – Employs a multidisciplinary, patient-centric approach from observation (or admission) through discharge to ensure an appropriate length-of-stay and optimal patient outcome.
  • Transitional Care – Prevents unnecessary re-admissions with established care coordination at discharge, including early follow-up care and patient/family education.
  • Clinical Quality Measures – Tracks the entire process from patient presentation through discharge and follow-up care to identity problem areas, duplication of efforts, or wasted resources. Measure performance and outcomes then use the data to improve quality.

Heart Failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately 5 million adult Americans have heart failure and that number is rapidly increasing as our population ages. In addition, heart failure patients account for 12 to 15 million physician’s office visits per year, 6.5 million hospital days, and a cost of over $21 billion per year.