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3 Texas Health Resources Hospitals Earn Heart Failure Accreditation, Are First in Texas With Designation
05/25/2010

FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth became the second and third hospitals in Texas to be named Acute Heart Failure Centers by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital was the first.

To patients, the designation means that the hospitals have met stringent national standards for rapid recognition and comprehensive treatment of heart failure. Heart failure, the progressive loss of the heart’s ability to pump blood, is the leading cause of hospitalization among patients over age 65 and the most costly cardiovascular illness in the country. Hospitalizations cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $37 billion last year, according to the American Heart Association.

Nationally, accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers is linked to better patient outcomes and more lives saved, according to an Emory University School of Medicine study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in July 2008. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital was the first to become accredited in July 2009.

“The Acute Heart Failure Center is an advanced, best practice model of care that leads to better outcomes and reduced hospital visits for heart failure patients, a population known for repeated readmissions,” said John Willard, M.D. medical director of cardiovascular services at Texas Health Fort Worth and Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth. “The designation is really about improving their quality of life.”

To become an accredited Acute Heart Failure Center, hospitals must prove quick and effective treatment of heart failure patients from the first call to 911 through discharge from the hospital. Success largely depends on collaboration between emergency medical providers and medical professionals in the hospital’s emergency department and inpatient care units who work together through a well-rehearsed treatment process to achieve the best outcome for patients.

“When it comes to heart failure care, our community and our patients can feel confident we are dedicated to offering the highest level of care that you could expect, not just here in Tarrant County, but statewide,” said Oscar Amparan, president of Texas Health Fort Worth.

The Society of Chest Pain Centers is a non-profit international society dedicated to improving the quality and timeliness of care for patients with heart disease and heart failure. For more information about the non-profit Society of Chest Pain Centers, visit scpcp.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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