Memorial University Medical Center Recognized for Heart Programs

(December 8, 2014) – The Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) recently received recognition from several prestigious organizations. To earn these accolades, Heart & Vascular Team employees and physicians had to undergo rigorous evaluations and survey processes. 

Memorial received a disease–specific certification for its heart failure program from The Joint Commission.  This two-year certification is based on Memorial’s clinical outcomes, commitment to the program, patient education, and our adherence to evidence-based guidelines for heart failure patient care.  

“Achieving this Joint Commission certification is a major part of maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide our patients,” said Jennifer Yeh, M.D., medical director of the heart failure program at MUMC. “The Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.”

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. 

The Heart & Vascular Institute also earned a significant accreditation – Chest Pain Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) – from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The society evaluated the institute’s quality measures, performance improvement, education and training, delivery of care, leadership, program structure, data management, EMS, and community involvement. Chest Pain Accreditation with PCI proves that The Heart & Vascular Institute met or exceeded quality measures for patients who show symptoms of heart attack or acute coronary syndrome. 

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is a not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. To date the society has accredited more than 1,000 hospitals.

Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital, a 654-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary and specialty care physician networks; a major medical education program; business and industry services; and NurseOne, a 24-hour call center. You can follow us at facebook.com/memorialhealth, twitter.com/mymemorial, and youtube.com/memorialhealth.