First Critical Access Hospital in Nation to Earn Cardiac Accreditation
An IU Health Blackford Release
HARTFORD CITY -- Indiana University Health Blackford Hospital has been rewarded Heart Failure accreditation by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium, becoming the first critical access hospital in the United States to receive this accreditation.
“We had a number of physicians, nurses and other support staff who have led the way in implementing the procedures and policies necessary to earn this high honor,” said Steven West, president, IU Health Blackford Hospital. “In the end it improves the care we can provide our patients which is always our focus.”
“IU Health Blackford Hospital’s achievement demonstrates the impact of Heart Failure experts coming together to improve the care to our patients. That is what the Colloquium is all about. The Colloquium supplies the roadmap to develop an integrated approach to heart failure,” said Pat Gorman, director of case management, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Joanna Kingery, Director of Advanced Heart Failure program at IU Health Methodist Hospital, has been instrumental in the IU Health System achieving HF accreditation through the Colloquium. The Colloquium‘s improvement methodology covers the entire continuum of care. The fact that Critical Access Hospitals are now being accredited speaks to the impact of the methodology.
The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium has a unique accreditation process which builds on the member hospital’s prior improvement experience leading to initial heart failure accreditation. Member hospitals work with four established domains of heart failure: Community, Hospital, Clinicians and Science using the Colloquium’s continuum of care model. The use of the continuum of care model leads to the standardization of care patients receive. Patients reap the benefit by enjoying a healthier lifestyle and less hospitalization.
“We have seen a significant decrease in readmissions of heart failure patients at IU Health Blackford Hospital. Patients are staying healthier and staying out of the hospital. In January and February of 2013 we had 22 admissions for heart failure. As of March 28, 2013, none of those patients have been readmitted. That is remarkable,” said Sharon Jacobs, RN, IU Health Blackford Hospital.