NKCH Earns Heart Failure Accreditation
North Kansas City Hospital is the first hospital in a four-state area to achieve full heart failure accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
To become an accredited heart failure facility, NKCH demonstrated it meets the needs of patients by providing a multidisciplinary, high quality and patient-centered program for patients living with heart failure.
SCPC evaluated the hospital’s program, the center of which is its Heart Care Clinic (formerly the Heart Failure Clinic), in the following process improvement categories:
- Governance: Recommends proven practices to orchestrate, monitor and optimize clinical processes
- Community Outreach: Increases public awareness and affects behavior with education, website content, public service announcements, and partnerships with local businesses, employers, and healthcare providers
- Pre-hospital Care: Integrates out-of-hospital interventions delivered by community healthcare providers and first responders
- Early Stabilization: Speeds diagnosis and treatment to mitigate immediate life threatening conditions; improved risk stratification and customer flow
- Acute Care: Employs a multidisciplinary, customer-centric approach from observation (or admission) through discharge to ensure an appropriate length-of-stay and optimal customer outcome
- Transitional Care: Prevents unnecessary re-admissions with established care coordination at discharge, including early follow-up care and customer/family education
- Clinical Quality Measures: Tracks the entire process from customer presentation through discharge and follow-up care to identity problem areas, duplication of efforts, or wasted resources; measures performance and outcomes then uses the data to improve quality
David M. Hahn, MD, FACC
“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.”