Bakersfield Heart Hospital provides necessary care, resources to heart failure patients
BAKERSFIELD HEART HOSPITAL IS THE FIRST AND ONLY HEART FAILURE ACCREDITED HOSPITAL IN CALIFORNIA.
Bakersfield Heart Hospital Only California Hospital with ACC Heart Failure Accreditation
June 12, 2018 - Bakersfield Heart Hospital is now the only hospital in California designated as an accredited Heart Failure Center. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Bakersfield Heart Hospital for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure.
Bakersfield Heart Hospital was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in May 2018 based on rigorous onsite review of the staff's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.
Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body's needsfor blood and oxygen.
Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing heart failure have been able to reduce time to treatment andare able to identify and predict high-risk patients while also reducing length-of-stay and hospital readmissions.
"Bakersfield Heart Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to providing Bakersfield and Kern County with excellent heart care," said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board.
"ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Bakersfield Heart Hospital with Heart Failure Accreditation."
Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of heart failure patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.
"We are so pleased to have our cardiovascular team's expertise and efforts recognized for excellence and to lead the way as California's first ACC Heart Failure accredited hospital," said Michelle Oxford, CEO for Bakersfield Heart Hospital. "This accreditation,coupled with being the first accredited Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary interventionin Kern County and having the first Women's Heart Center in Kern County,is another step in expandingour services to provide exceptional heart care for our community. The Heart Failure accreditation directly reflects our Vision: To be the premier provider of healthcare services by putting our hearts into caring for yours."
"Receiving this accreditation is a remarkable achievement," Christina Maupin, BHH Heart Failure Coordinator said. "I am proud of our BHH team for meeting and exceeding an array of stringent criteria for the ACC Heart Failure accreditation. Our heart failure patients and their families can be assured they are receiving care from compassionate, specially trained and knowledgeable clinicians based on the most up to date and highest quality-of-care standards. Our goal is to work with our patients and families to reach the best quality of life and boost their self-care skills to manage their illness. We are grateful to all of our staff and physicians for their teamwork and continued dedication to providing expert cardiac care."