Heart and stroke cert

Gold Seal of Approval denotes commitment to highest quality of patient care

March 31, 2010

The UC Irvine Health heart failure program and Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center have again earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, healthcare’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body.

Joint Commission certification recognizes an organization’s diligence in meeting rigorous performance standards accepted nationwide as benchmarks for superior patient care.

“This comprehensive, independent evaluation from The Joint Commission reflects our commitment to the Orange County community,” said Terry A. Belmont, chief executive officer of UC Irvine Medical Center. “Our doctors and staff are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care possible. This accomplishment is exceptionally rewarding and a testament to all their hard work.”

To achieve the Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo a voluntary on-site survey by a Joint Commission team at least every two years and satisfy performance requirements in such key areas as patients’ rights, patient treatment and infection control.

In March, the heart failure program and Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center received an unannounced visit by Joint Commission reviewers, who—in addition to interviewing patients and staff—assessed their practices and ability to internally evaluate and improve care.

The UC Irvine heart failure program’s certification for disease-specific care in 2008 was the first awarded by The Joint Commission to a Southern California hospital or medical center. The Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center has held advanced certification from The Joint Commission since 2004 and was among the nation’s first academic medical facilities to be designated a primary stroke center.

Led by Dr. Vivek Jain, it offers state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment—including specialty care by interventional radiologists—for stroke patients and others with diseases affecting the blood vessels that supply the brain.

The heart failure program, directed by Dr. Dawn Lombardo, provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care—utilizing the most current medicines, devices, surgical therapies and technology—and fosters new approaches to heart failure through a large, active research program.

About UC Irvine Medical Center: Orange County’s only university hospital, UC Irvine Medical Center offers acute- and general-care services at its new 482,000-square-foot UC Irvine Douglas Hospital and is home to the county’s only Level I trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified regional burn center and National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. U.S. News & World Report has included UC Irvine for 10 consecutive years on its list of Americas Best Hospitals, giving special recognition to its urology, gynecology, and ear, nose & throat programs.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UC Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UC Irvine contributes an annual economic impact of $4 billion. For more UC Irvine news, visit news.uci.edu.

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