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W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center Earns Advanced Certification for its Heart Failure Program

Dr. Juzar Ali

Lake Charles The Dr. Walter O. Moss Regional Medical Center (WOMRMC) in Lake Charles, La., has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its advanced certification in heart failure by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in advanced heart failure care.

WOMRMC is one of only two institutions in Louisiana to earn The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for advanced certification in heart failure and one of only 40 in the nation to do so.

The Joint Commission sets the standards by which healthcare quality is measured nationally and internationally. Its certification award recognizes that the WOMRMC program has met the most stringent standards of performance.

"Our goal is to provide daily the best care possible to every one of our patients," said Jimmy Pottorff, WOMRMC Interim Hospital Administrator. "Certification from The Joint Commission is a clear indicator of our quality healthcare due directly to the skill and dedication of our staff."

To receive certification, WOMRMC underwent a rigorous, unannounced, on-site review. A team of Joint Commission expert reviewers evaluated WOMRMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

For advanced certification in heart failure, a program must demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement, collect data on the four Joint Commission core measures for heart failure, at a minimum, and use this information for ongoing performance improvement efforts. The Joint Commission developed criteria in collaboration with the American Heart Association.

"In achieving Joint Commission certification, W.O. Moss has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with advanced heart failure," said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., Executive Director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process, and I commend Walter O. Moss Regional Medical Center for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it services."

Launched in 2002, the Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides accreditation for over 19,000 health care organizations, including certification of more than 1,900 disease-specific care programs and primary stroke centers. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.