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Two Banner Health facilities accredited as Heart Failure Centers

 
PHOENIX (Dec. 5, 2013) – Banner Baywood and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers have been named Accredited Heart Failure Centers by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. This continues a unique quality initiative that began in 2009 when Banner Heart Hospital became the first Accredited Heart Failure Institute® in Arizona.

“As the only accredited Heart Failure Institute in Arizona, it is the obligation of Banner Heart Hospital to help all sister facilities within Banner Health achieve accreditation as Heart Failure Centers,” said Mark Starling, MD, chief medical officer at Banner Heart Hospital. “This accreditation illustrates the commitment that Banner Health is making to provide outstanding care for patients with heart failure.”

“Banner’s long term commitment to developing a system-wide approach to heart failure demonstrates their leadership in healthcare,” said Dr. Tony Joseph, Colloquium’s president and CEO. “Hospital systems can learn much from how Banner is integrating heart failure care in their diverse hospitals.”

With a long legacy of putting patient needs first, Banner Health represents excellence in clinical care, education, and research. This dovetails with the Colloquium’s continuum of care model, focusing on care within the community and hospital by expert clinicians guided by current science.

“This achievement is a great example of the collaboration between Banner Baywood and Banner Heart,” said Laura Robertson, CEO for Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital. “It demonstrates our commitment to providing excellent care for heart failure patients on this campus.”

“The accreditation process has sharpened our focus across the continuum of care; from promoting awareness within the community, providing superior care and education during an acute stay, to returning to the community post discharge with a strategy to successfully manage heart failure,” said Anthony Butcha, RN, a senior RN manager at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. “Becoming an Accredited Heart Failure Center demonstrates the commitment our entire staff makes to provide excellent care to our patients and the community we so proudly serve.”

The reviewers conducted a detailed review of over a dozen areas of care within four Domains: Community, Hospital, Clinician, and Science.

The Colloquium is the first organization to develop an improvement science based approach to heart failure accreditation using a continuum of care model. It is the only organization that grants Institute and System accreditation for heart failure. Banner Health was just the second system in the national to achieve Heart Failure System Accreditation (October 2012).

About Banner Health
Headquartered in Phoenix, Banner Health is one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems. The system manages 24 acute-care hospitals, the Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group, long-term care centers, outpatient surgery centers and an array of other services including family clinics, home care and hospice, and a nursing registry. For more information, visit www.BannerHealth.com.

About The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium
As a hospital membership organization, the Colloquium enjoys a wide range of member hospitals with a common shared passion: pre-eminence in caring for those with heart failure. Starting with the individual and using a relationship care model, member hospitals work together to identify what is important throughout the entire continuum of care. The Colloquium’s approach to improvement includes traditional process improvement approaches but also embraces the cultural change needed to navigate uncertain times faced by today’s leaders.
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