2012 Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)
The Pilla Heart Center has received advanced certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) from The Joint Commission.
2011 Joint Commission Gold Seal for Heart Failure Program
AMH has earned The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Comprehensive Heart Failure Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Abington’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
The hospital underwent a rigorous on-site survey to achieve certification. Joint Commission surveyors evaluated compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
2010 Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care
As one of the region's leaders in cardiac care, AMH received the designation of Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care® by Independence Blue Cross. Originally certified as a Blue Distinction Center in 2006, AMH’s Cardiac Care received redesignation in 2010.
Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care demonstrate their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for cardiac patients. Abington Memorial Hospital meets evidence-based clinical criteria, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations, including the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), and is subject to periodic re-evaluation as criteria continues to evolve.
"This designation recognizes the dedicated team approach and long-term experience of the many cardiac specialists and advanced medical professionals involved in providing advanced cardiovascular care through Abington's Pilla Heart Center," said Mauricio J. Garrido, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and acting chief, Cardiac Surgery. "This includes establishing one of the region's first open-heart programs more than a decade ago, breakthroughs and firsts in complex valve surgery, as well as leading-edge interventional treatments for atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure."
Blue Distinction is a designation awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare. The designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians' and medical organizations' recommendations. Today, more than 1,600 Blue Distinction Center designations have been awarded to facilities nationwide, providing consumers with a framework for making informed decisions on where to go for specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants.