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Published on April 14, 2016

The Joint Commission Recertifies Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center for Use of Ventricular Assist Device

The heart pump is used in treating people with heart failure

Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center has again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its ventricular assist device destination therapy program. The center met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care.

“Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center has become a technology leader in heart care. This accomplishment shows that we not only have the equipment, but that we are able to consistently use it to provide exceptional care every day,” says Cone Health Heart and Vascular Services, Imaging Services Vice President Rich Lundy. “Few places can deliver this level of care to advanced heart failure patients.”

An expert Joint Commission reviewer evaluated Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center for compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as ventricular assist device destination therapy-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

“In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its ventricular assist device patients,” says Interim Executive Director, Certification Programs Michele Sacco, MS. “Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy, developed in response to Medicare requirements, provides standards for hospitals related to: 

  • Staffing and facility infrastructure to support ventricular assist device placements.
  • Participation in a national, audited registry for patients who have received mechanically assisted circulatory support devices.
  • Volume requirements for board certified cardiac surgeons who place ventricular assist devices.

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