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Forbes Heart and Vascular Center


Forbes Heart And Vascular

The Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes Hospital recently received ACE cardiac catheterization accreditation and Heart Failure accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

Only the second program in the state to do so, Forbes has been fully accredited for cardiac catheterization by Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE)™, an organization dedicated to ensuring adherence to o the highest quality standards for cardiovascular and endovascular care. ACE accreditation is a professional review of an organization’s structure, internal processes, patient safety practices, and clinical outcomes to determine if it meets the standards established by experts in cardiac and endovascular care. ACE is sponsored by The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and the American College of Cardiology, the two leading professional cardiovascular organizations, jointly representing over 40,000 practitioners.

“We are incredibly excited about this recognition,” said Aashish Dua, MD, Medical Director of the Forbes Cardiac Catheterization Labs. “It is further proof that the care that is provided at the Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes is the best in the region.”

ACE is committed to helping facilities that deliver interventional cardiovascular care to provide gold-standard healthcare by measuring the facility’s practices, personnel, processes and outcomes against nationally-accepted best-practice standards. Implemented to supplement existing quality-improvement programs, the ACE outcomes-based accreditation promotes uniform benchmarks, and improves appropriate utilization via an independent, third-party evaluation of facilities and practices.

In addition to ACE cardiac catheterization accreditation, the Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

“This accreditation is a reflection of our commitment to providing the highest level of care to our heart failure patients,” said Forbes Heart Failure Program Medical Director Steven Hussein, MD.

Heart failure is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Approximately five million patients in the United States have heart failure. In addition, 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.

Forbes Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialist. Forbes’ protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay. Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Assessment of Patients with Symptoms of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure-Diagnosis
  • Risk Stratification of the Heart Failure Patient
  • Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Heart Failure
  • Heart Failure Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Stay or Inpatient Stay
  • Heart Failure Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation and Inpatient Unit
  • Personnel, Competencies and Training
  • Process Improvement
  • Organizational Structure and Commitment
  • Heart Failure Community Outreach

In addition to the accreditations for cardiac catheterization and heart failure, the Heart and Vascular Center at Forbes is a certified Chest Pain Center and Stroke Center. The open-heart surgery program has also been recognized as one of the best in the nation for three consecutive years by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) – the only program in Western Pennsylvania to do so.

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