The Joint Commission Awards Sierra Vista Heart Failure Certification 
Shannon Downing 
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Heart Failure Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Sierra Vista’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards.

Sierra Vista recently underwent a rigorous on-site survey. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Sierra Vista for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with heart failure,” says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease Specific Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Sierra Vista for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standards of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Candace Markwith, chief executive officer, Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. “Achieving Joint Commission certification in Heart Failure, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, 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 other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.