AdventHealth Shawnee Mission awarded Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification from The Joint Commission


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Merriam, Kan. – AdventHealth Shawnee Mission has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification. AdventHealth Shawnee Mission is one of 20 organizations across the nation to meet these rigorous standards by the Joint Commission, which is a top national certifying body that accredits health care organizations meeting specific quality and safety standards.

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission underwent a comprehensive, onsite review on July 28. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission surveyors performed a comprehensive review of 7 clinical areas inclusive of heart failure, cardiac rehab, diagnostic catheterization, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), electrophysiology, open heart surgery, valve, and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) populations. Joint Commission standards are developed in collaboration with professional health care experts and physician specialists, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews with staff, physicians, leadership and patients.

“Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to striving for excellence and fostering continuous improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” says Ken Grubbs, DNP, MBA, RN, executive vice president of Accreditation and Certification Operations and chief nursing officer, The Joint Commission. “We commend AdventHealth Shawnee Mission for using The Joint Commission certification process to reduce variation in clinical processes and to strengthen its clinical program to drive safer, higher quality and more compassionate care for individuals served.”

“We congratulate AdventHealth Shawnee Mission for this outstanding achievement,” says Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association. “This certification reflects its commitment to providing the highest quality of care for cardiac patients.”

“This certification demonstrates our commitment to excellence in every aspect of our cardiovascular program while demonstrating a patient-centric focus with all specialties working together for exceptional care for our patients,” says Vickie Franck, Regional Executive Director of Heart & Vascular Services, AdventHealth. “The collaboration and hard work by a multitude of team members across multiple departments and specialties led us to this point. This achievement is a testament of the exceptional, quality care provided to our cardiovascular patients at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission on a daily basis.”

Preparation for this certification began more than two years ago and involved cross-functional teams working together to meet rigorous standards. It included initiatives to improve efficiencies and quality outcomes, reduce unwanted variations in care, improve the patient experience, and position heart care at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission to effectively face new challenges in the healthcare landscape. This certification showcases AdventHealth Shawnee Mission’s constant commitment to quality, safety and patient-centric cardiac care for the Kansas City community.

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