Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) today announced that it has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for AMI (Treatment of Heart Attack) Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. PRMC’s heart attack treatment program has been continuously accredited since 2005. Certification demonstrates continuous compliance with performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The certification recognizes healthcare organizations, like PRMC and its Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute, that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for AMI patients.  The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge, rehabilitation and ongoing lifestyle management.

For the reaccreditation, PRMC underwent a rigorous on-site review in August where a Joint Commission expert evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with specific requirements for the treatment of heart attack. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed.  The Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews with patients, staff and physicians.

“AMI Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care,” said Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and Chief Nursing Executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Peninsula Regional Medical Center and its Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute team for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for cardiac patients.”

Every year, more than 300 people are treated for AMI at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the regional Trauma Center and Cardiac Interventional Center for the Eastern Shore of Maryland as designated by the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). Medical Center staff works closely with local EMS to quickly diagnose people who may be experiencing a heart attack. This coordination of care allows for quick, direct access to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for patients experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack; the care includes cardiac catheterization, cardiac intervention and if necessary, cardiac surgery. 

Patients are followed closely by the Cardiac Rehabilitation staff during and after their heart attack. Participating in the outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides patients the reassurance and ability to return to life’s normal activities, along with understanding and changing risk factors so to reduce the chance of another cardiac event. The Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Peninsula Regional Medical Center is the largest and most comprehensive in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic area, having been in existence for more than 30 years.

 “On behalf of PRMC’s Division of Cardiology and the Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute, we are pleased to have received this disease specific care re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” said Jeanne E. Ruff, Executive Director of PRMC’s Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute. “This re-accreditation validates our quality of care, yet also challenges us to continue to improve and heighten our standards of care for the cardiac patient in our region, which ultimately improves the health of the community we serve.”

To learn more about the full range of cardiac services at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, please visit the Medical Center’s website at www.peninsula.org/GHVI.