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Published on November 23, 2016

Hospital First in Four-State Area to Receive Heart Failure Accreditation

Heart failure affects nearly 5.7 million Americans and their families. It’s the leading cause of hospitalization in people 65 and older. It’s also a manageable condition for people with access to a quality heart failure program like the one at North Kansas City Hospital.

Because of its expertise in and commitment to caring for people with heart failure, North Kansas City Hospital is the first hospital in a four-state area to receive full Heart Failure Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

To earn the national accreditation, North Kansas City Hospital met or exceeded quality measures that improve the care, treatment and quality of life for people living with heart failure. The SCPC accreditation team evaluated the hospital’s:

  • Level of collaboration between Emergency Room and Emergency Medical Services teams
  • Comprehensive patient-centered heart failure management and education program
  • Number of heart failure-related hospital readmissions
  • Community outreach efforts
  • Coordination of care between multidisciplinary team members
  • Inpatient care treatment plan
  • Transitional care process

“The accreditation recognizes the high level of appropriate care we provide to our heart failure patients,” said David M. Hahn, MD, North Kansas City Hospital’s Heart Care Clinic medical director and a cardiologist with Meritas Health Cardiology. “We have a team of nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers and home health providers who focus solely on caring for people with heart failure and helping them improve their health, capabilities and quality of life.” 

About North Kansas City Hospital and Meritas Health

For more than half a century, North Kansas City Hospital has been the Northland’s preferred healthcare provider. The hospital serves the community with 451 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees, and 520 physicians representing 46 medical specialties. From a Level III neonatal intensive care unit to home health and hospice services, NKCH provides a lifetime of care.

NKCH offers award-winning cardiovascular and orthopedic programs and advanced cancer treatment options, including world-class care through a partnership with the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated program.

Through its Meritas Health subsidiary, North Kansas City Hospital offers the largest network of physician practices in the Northland, with 135 physicians and advanced practitioners in 30 convenient locations, including express care clinics in the Liberty, Gladstone and 64th Street Hy-Vee stores. 

The hospital’s mission, vision and values reflect a strong commitment to the health and well-being of the Northland community and beyond. Last year, NKCH sponsored 60 charitable and community organizations and served more than 24,000 people through its dynamic Community Health & Wellness programs. And, it recently became the first hospital in Kansas City to offer a zero-percent financing option to help patients manage their medical expenses. 

About SCPC

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.

For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit scpc.org, or call toll-free 877.271.4176.

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