SUBMITTED NEWS RELEASE
Effective May 23, Renown’s Institute for Heart & Vascular Health at Renown Regional Medical Center received full Heart Failure Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). Renown was recognized for steps put in place to provide earlier treatment, shorter hospital stays and better quality of life to heart failure patients.
Renown Regional is one of only 34 accredited facilities in the country and one of only three in the state. Nevada’s only other fully-accredited heart failure centers are in Las Vegas – Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center and Valley Hospital Medical Center.
To earn accreditation, a hospital must meet and exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and established quality measures. Additionally, members of the SCPC review team conduct an on-site evaluation of the hospital’s ability to demonstrate expertise in several key areas, including these important areas of care:
- Emergency department integration with emergency medical services
- Treatment for heart failure patients who arrive for treatment at the ER
- Heart failure discharge criteria from the ER, (observation or inpatient care)
- Heart failure patient education in ER (observation or inpatient care)
- Personnel, competencies and training
- Process improvement efforts
- Organizational structure and commitment
- Heart failure community outreach
Renown Regional Medical Center offers an accredited heart failure program providing knowledge, support and education on condition management, signs and symptoms. Since the accreditation is part of a hospital-wide effort, the entire seventh floor of the Tahoe Tower is designated as the Heart Failure Unit. To find out more about heart and vascular care options at Renown, go to renown.org/heart.
Heart failure remains a leading cause of illness and death in the United States. According to the Society of Chest Pain Centers, there are about five million heart failure patients in the United States.