Crouse Hospital has received full Cycle I Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, the first hospital in New York State to achieve this designation and only one of 35 in the United States with the accreditation. Crouse is also a nationally accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society, making it one of only two hospitals in New York State -- and the only one in Central New York -- with dual heart failure and chest pain accreditation.
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. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to help facilities manage the heart failure patient more efficiently and improve patient outcomes.
Crouse Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Crouse's protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment, and to risk stratify patients to decrease length of stay. Key areas in which a facility with heart failure accreditation must demonstrate expertise include:
- 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
- Heart failure patient education in the Emergency Department, observation and inpatient unit
- Personnel, competencies and training
- Process improvement
- Organizational structure and commitment
- Community outreach
“This latest designation, coupled with our chest pain accreditation, underscores Crouse’s long-term commitment to providing the very best diagnostic and interventional cardiac care to Central New York patients,” says Joseph Battaglia, MD, medical director for cardiac services at Crouse.
As part of its efforts to care for and treat heart failure patients, Crouse started the area’s only Care Transitions program in 2007. The program provides congestive heart failure patients with a dedicated transition coach, a registered nurse who works with them in the hospital and during the transition home to give them the skills and confidence needed to self-manage once discharged from the hospital.
The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a non-profit international society dedicated to the belief that heart disease can be eliminated as the number one cause of death worldwide. Because time translates to muscle during a heart emergency, the Society bridges EMS, emergency medicine, cardiology, nursing and other professions jointly focused upon improving timely, quality care for cardiac patients.
For more information on cardiac services at Crouse, visit crouse.org/chest-pain. For more information on the Society of Chest Pain centers, visit scpcp.org.