Sycamore Shoals Hospital receives cardiac care certification


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. - Sycamore Shoals Hospital (SSH) was recognized recently by The Joint Commission for delivery of high-quality care to patients with congestive heart failure (CHF).

The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Heart Failure certifies that SSH has demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in the care of CHF patients. The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey on December 20th, when the Joint Commission surveyor was on site and evaluated SSH for compliance to standards of care specific to the needs of CHF patients and their families.

In order to achieve Advanced Certification for Heart Failure, an organization must deliver outstanding care while the patient is in the hospital and have a strong focus on coordination of care after discharge.  Post-discharge follow-up appointments with primary care, coordination of home health and other services become critical because one of the expectations of the certification program is that patients are not readmitted to the hospital.

"Our responsibility to our patients does not end when they leave the facility," said Angie Johnson, registered nurse and CHF core team leader. "A patient with congestive heart failure can still lead a full life, but careful monitoring and ongoing care is critical to ensure the patient's continued health. Part of our job is to make sure that patient is well cared for after they leave the hospital."

"The goal is to make sure that patients can stay healthy and stay out of the hospital, which reduces their health care costs and ultimately improves the health of the community," said Dwayne Taylor, CEO of Sycamore Shoals Hospital. "This Joint Commission certification is further validation of the great clinical care that our team members and physicians deliver every day at Sycamore Shoals Hospital."

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