August 5, 2008 - Virginia Beach, Va -
Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital has become the second hospital in the state to achieve Disease-Specific Care (DSC) Certification from The Joint Commission for its treatment of heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI), or heart attack. The Joint Commission is the same accrediting body that examines and accredits hospitals to ensure safe and effective medical care.
By demonstrating excellence in quality and meeting the stringent criteria for certification, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
earned the certifications.
“These certifications demonstrate our commitment to quality cardiac care,” says Dr. Raymond G. Troiano, administrator of Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. “The extensive review included interviews with program leaders, physicians, other highly-trained clinicians and patients in order to verify that disease-specific treatment plans adhere to evidence-based clinical care guidelines.”
To achieve DSC certification, institutions voluntarily undergo a rigorous review process every two years, opening their programs’ policies, procedures and reports to external reviewers in order to validate their disease management goals toward helping patients develop a skill set for lifetime disease management. This certification demonstrates excellence in fostering better outcomes by the integration and coordination of care. According to The Joint Commission, its quality review programs for accreditation and certification represent the industry’s gold standard in health care. Outstanding Stroke Care Also Recognized
In addition to the most recent recognitions for cardiac care, Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital’s stroke program has been recertified with The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval ™ after initially receiving its Disease Specific Certification in 2006.
“When disease management programs are accredited by The Joint Commission, patients know that a highly-reputed review agency has conducted an objective, structured and thorough examination,” adds Troiano. “This achievement in heart care validates the work our teams do every day to help patients improve health.” 28/2008