Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester Recognized for Excellence with ACC Heart Failure Accreditation

January 8, 2018

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure. Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in December based on rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.

Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.

Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing heart failure have been able to reduce time to treatment, and are able to identify and predict high-risk patients while also reducing length-of-stay and hospital readmissions.

“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Heart Failure Accreditation on Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester,” said Abraham Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to providing Franklin County and the surrounding area with excellent care of heart failure patients.

Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of heart failure patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.

“I would like to thank and recognize the hard work and dedication of the staff who work every day to insure the best care for the people of our region,” said hospital CEO, Russ Spray.  This is an honor to achieve this distinction and our doctors and employees should be commended.   They are truly committed to our mission of making communities healthier.”

The ACC and American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S. hospitals like Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester access to a comprehensive suite of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including heart failure.

About Southern Tennessee Regional Health System

Part of LifePoint Health, Southern Tennessee Regional Health System (STRHS) is a regional network of hospitals and health care services serving the healthcare needs of communities in the southern Tennessee region with facilities in Winchester, Sewanee, Pulaski, and Lawrenceburg.  The system has 382 licensed beds, more than 300 affiliated physicians, 1,250 employees, and serves more than 160,000 people in rural communities in the region.  For more information, visit http://southerntennessee.com.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.

For more information about ACC Accreditation Services, visit accreditation.acc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.