First in The Nation For Heart Program

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Jill Chadwick

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In a tribute to its patient focus and teamwork, The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accrediting body, is giving its first ever Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification to The University of Kansas Health System.

            The certification honors heart programs with a comprehensive approach to care and a commitment to excellence, along with a dedication to continuous improvement.  The certification criteria include outstanding patient outcomes and a “patient first” philosophy where all specialties collaborate to achieve a better patient outcome.

           The “comprehensive” part of the certification refers to the many specialties within the heart program, and the ability of all areas to work together to benefit patients.

            In a rare move, The Joint Commission came to the hospital to present the award before a meeting of hospital leadership.  Shortly after the award, comments were made by Bob Page, president and chief executive officer of The University of Kansas Health System; Barbara MacArthur, vice president of cardiac services; Dr. Bill Reed, former cardiac surgeon and the driving force behind the revitalization of the heart program; Dr. Peter Tadros, the head of interventional cardiology who led the certification effort, Brian Enochs, executive vice president of business development for The Joint Commission and Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. The interviews are followed by scenes from the award announcement, and a collection of video from the heart program.