Accreditation and Awards
Chest Pain Center Accreditation
The Society developed the accreditation process to evaluate and improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. The intent is to ensure facilities meet or exceed quality-of-care measures based on improving the process for the care of the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patient. Chest Pain Center Accreditation is an operational model for ACS care. The care of the ACS patient begins with the onset of the patient’s symptoms, and includes engagement of Emergency Dispatch Services, EMS, the ED, reperfusion, observation unit, and cardiac rehab, and continues through discharge from the facility. Within this model, facilities can plan and organize the delivery of care in a systematic manner conducive to a process improvement and patient safety approach.
Brandon Regional Hospital announces that its echocardiography lab has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in the area of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
Accreditation by the ICAEL means that Brandon Regional Hospital Echocardiography Lab has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICAEL grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
ICAEL accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. When scheduled for an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.icael.org/icael/main/patients.htm.
Brandon Regional Hospital Awarded Disease Specific Certification From the Joint Commission for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Coronary Artery Bypass Graft and Heart Failure
Brandon Regional Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for the following disease specific programs: acute myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft, and heart failure. Brandon Regional Hospital also received re-certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. They have earned their certification by demonstrating compliance with effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and an organized approach to performance improvement activities to continually improve on the care delivered.
The certification award recognizes Brandon Regional Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission. Brandon Regional Hospital underwent a rigorous, on-site survey in November, 2011. A Joint Commission expert conducted this survey and evaluated Brandon for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve healthcare for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and healthcare staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.JointCommission.org.