FMC Receives Full Heart Failure Accreditation

Fairfield Medical Center is proud to announce it has received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This is a three-year accreditation that demonstrates FMC’s excellence in the care of heart failure patients from diagnosis through follow-up care.

Heart Failure AccreditationFairfield Medical Center is one in five hospitals in Ohio and one of 77 in the nation to receive this accreditation. “I believe this demonstrates the high level of care we provide to our patients on a daily basis,” said Michael Reinig, D.O., FMC cardiologist and Heart Failure Clinic medical director. “It is quite an accomplishment and shows our commitment to exemplary patient care by meeting and exceeding a wide set of criteria that makes me proud to work at FMC amongst my fellow team members.”

Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately five million patients in the U.S. have heart failure. FMC wanted to do something about these staggering statistics and effectively manage the increasing numbers of heart failure patients presenting to emergency departments across the nation. “Our program is unique in that it focuses on the quality of life of the patient,” said Dr. Reinig. “We put a great emphasis on what the diagnosis of heart failure means, how the patient can live with heart failure and the resources we, as a community, can provide.”

FMC has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. FMC’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment to decrease their length of stay. Some of the key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following: Community outreach, pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care and clinical quality.

“Providing this quality care requires a great commitment, not only by our staff, but also by the healthcare community,” said John R. “Jack” Janoso, Jr., FMC President and CEO. “This starts with the emergency medical services through the Emergency Department, the multidisciplinary team who takes care of the patient within the hospital, to even the discharge of the patient home, along with follow-up care with cardiologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, as well as a great relationship with our skilled nursing providers.”

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.

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