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Orange Park Medical Center – Only Heart Failure Accredited Facility in Northeast Florida, South Georgia

February 27, 2013

Orange Park, FL - Orange Park Medical Center received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) on January 25, 2013. They are the only facility in Northeast Florida and South Georgia that has engaged in rigorous reevaluation and refinement of its cardiac care processes, integrating the healthcare industry’s successful practices and newest paradigms into its processes for heart failure patients. They are the 12th facility in the state of Florida to receive this award.

“Heart failure is currently the only cardiac disease that continues to increase in both incidence and prevalence,” states Kelly Lindsay, Director of Cardiovascular Services. “More Medicare dollars are spent for diagnosis and treatment of heart failure than any other disease. We are pleased to have taken measures through Heart Failure Accreditation to do our part to improve the lives of our heart failure patients while keeping costs down as much as possible.”

Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately five million patients in the United States have heart failure. In addition, heart failure patients are responsible for 12 to 15 million physician office visits per year and 6.5 million hospital days. SCPC’s goal is to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes.

Orange Park Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. Orange Park Medical Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk-stratify patients to decrease their length of stay. Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise, include the following:

  • Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Assessment of Patients with Symptoms of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure-Diagnosis
  • Risk Stratification of the Heart Failure Patient
  • Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Stay or Inpatient Stay
  • Heart Failure Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation and Inpatient Unit
  • Personnel, Competencies and Training
  • Process Improvement
  • Organizational Structure and Commitment
  • Heart Failure Community Outreach
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