Methodist Healthcare March 14, 2012

This week, Methodist Heart Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, was accredited as a Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. This accreditation is based on the hard work and dedication of staff and physicians at the hospital’s Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Program, offering the only hospital-based advanced heart failure clinic in the region.

“Heart failure care at Methodist Hospital is arguably the best available care for heart failure in the region,” said Tony Joseph, MD, Colloquium President. This was echoed by Colloquium site reviewer Beckie Rhodes, RN, BSN, MA, CNAA, BC. She noted that “Methodist’s exemplary care of heart failure patients was evident during their accreditation process. The survey team recognized Methodist’s pioneering methods and exceptional teamwork among care givers.”

“This accreditation is the latest achievement of our clinic staff and practicing physicians. It illustrates our dedication to providing the best possible patient experience and outcomes for cardiac patients in South Texas and beyond,” said Michael D. Kwan, MD, FACC, Medical Director, Texas Transplant Institute Heart Failure and Transplant Program.

Over 800,000 Americans are diagnosed with heart failure each year. It is the number one reason for hospital admission for persons over 65 years of age. The accreditation process recognizes organizations that practice an ongoing and systematic approach to improving the care of individuals afflicted with this disease.