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Published on October 07, 2011

Joint Commission Awards Advanced Certification in Heart Failure to Abington Memorial Hospital

ABINGTON, PA (October 7, 2011) — Abington Memorial Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Comprehensive Heart Failure Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Abington’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey to achieve certification. Joint Commission surveyors evaluated compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

"It is a great honor for our team to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval, and to be recognized for our work in cardiac care," said Robert A. Watson, III, M.D., chief, Cardiology Division. “Over the 20 years that I have been a member of the Division of Cardiology, I have witnessed an incredible transformation into a state-of-the-art cardiac facility.”

Abington Memorial Hospital provides a full range of cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery, heart and heart valve reconstruction, mitral and aortic heart valve repair, heart valve replacements, the Ross procedure, heart valve transplants, ventricular remodeling and adult congenital cardiac surgery. In the last several years, The Pilla Heart Center has established several collaborative programs that will benefit patients, including The Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease, Comprehensive Heart Failure Program, the Heart Rhythm Center and the Blank Vascular Center.

"The Joint Commission distinction of heart failure services at Abington Memorial Hospital is a testament to the clinical excellence of both our medical and surgical cardiac team who provide exemplary care to patients who wish to be treated at a proven center of excellence," said, Rohinton J. Morris, M.D., chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery Division. "Whether patients have a cardiac valve problem, an abnormal heart rhythm, coronary artery blockages, a congenital cardiac issue, or heart muscle failure, they will be well cared for, comforted and gently guided during their visit."

With more than 40 full-time members in the various fields of cardiovascular diseases, The Pilla Heart Center has significantly extended its ability to utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and procedures to deal with all of the cardiac disease states. The facility is among the most comprehensive in the Delaware Valley from the standpoint of diagnostic equipment, collaborative and innovative programs for disease state management, accessibility to cardiovascular interventions, and clinical research which continues to keep AMH on the cutting edge of therapy.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, Abington Memorial Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with heart failure," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Abington Memorial Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care 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 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

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