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Memorial recognized for heart programs
Heart and Vascular Institute
Memorial University Medical Centers Heart and Vascular Institute recently earned several recognitions, including a certification from The Joint Commission. - photo by Photo provided.

SAVANNAH — The Heart and Vascular Institute at Memorial University Medical Center recently received recognition from several organizations after heart and vascular team employees and physicians underwent rigorous evaluations and survey processes.
Memorial received a disease–specific certification for its heart-failure program from The Joint Commission.
The two-year certification is based on Memorial’s clinical outcomes, commitment to the program, patient education and adherence to evidence-based guidelines for heart-failure patient care.  
“Achieving this Joint Commission certification is a major part of maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide our patients,” said Jennifer Yeh, M.D., the medical director of the heart-failure program at MUMC. “The Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence.”
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
The Heart and Vascular Institute also received chest-pain accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
The society evaluated the institute’s quality measures, performance improvement, education and training, delivery of care, leadership, program structure, data management, EMS and community involvement.
Chest-pain accreditation with PCI proves that The Heart and Vascular Institute met or exceeded quality measures for patients who show symptoms of heart attack or acute coronary syndrome.
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is a not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death worldwide.

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