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Banner Boswell recognized as Accredited Heart Failure Center


SUN CITY, Ariz. (Nov. 20, 2012) -- The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium recently announced that Banner Boswell Medical Center has been designated an Accredited Heart Failure Center.

The recognition took place in conjunction with Banner Health achieving Heart Failure System Accreditation, becoming the first to achieve this distinction in the western region of the U.S. and the second in the country.

“This distinction demonstrates that we are an industry leader in cardiovascular care, providing our patients with clinical excellence and service,” says John Hensing, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer. “With heart failure, you must be proactive. Our goal is to make sure we have a streamlined approach to improve our patients’ quality of care, and that we’re able to help them transition home successfully so that they can treat their heart failure and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations.”

The Colloquium’s rigorous accreditation process is modeled after process improvement methods and includes a study of current practices, a gap analysis, in-depth interviews, clinical process mapping, an onsite review, and a comprehensive milestone report with specific action steps. Findings include:

  • Banner Health has developed a multi-hospital network of integrated care from early diagnosis to advanced care including ventricular assist device for heart failure.
  • Streamlined processes across the entire continuum of care
  • Enabling individuals to participate in their own care with more independence less frequent hospitalization and fewer readmissions for heart failure.
  • Collaboration with other Colloquium member hospitals across the country.

The accreditation process of the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium recognizes organizations with a firm and ongoing commitment to improving heart failure care.

Colloquium accreditation gives the public insight into the complex world of health care that may help those seeking heart failure care. More than 800,000 Americans are diagnosed with heart failure each year. Virtually all individuals with heart failure require hospitalization as the disease progresses.

Heart failure is the number-one reason for hospital admission for persons over 65 years of age. Colloquium member hospitals have put into place an organized and systematic approach to caring for those individuals within the community and during hospital admission. Learn more.

Banner Boswell is a 501-bed hospital with over 700 physicians and cares for more than 100,000 patients annually.  The Heart Center at Banner Boswell has been nationally recognized for heart failure care, cardiovascular, preventive care, diagnostic services, medical and surgical treatment and rehabilitative care. The Banner Boswell campus is also home to Banner Sun health Research Institute. In 2011, Banner Boswell was recognized as the only Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital in Arizona and also as one of 12 Everest Award winners.

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