Just in time for American Heart Month, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded the first Primary Heart Attack Center (PHAC) certification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association.
PHAC certification is one of The Joint Commission’s four advanced cardiac certification programs offered in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The certification standardizes and improves coordinated systems of care across settings regarding identification, assessment, monitoring, management, data sharing and performance improvement for multidisciplinary ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attack care.
PHAC certification allows hospitals to be able to reassure their patients that their emergency care providers are highly prepared, experts on best practices and effective coordinators of care — from the ambulance ride and admission to discharge from the hospital.
“The PHAC certification journey helped Texas Health Fort Worth highlight the process leading to a positive outcome for the patient,” said Susan Frugè, MHA, BSN, RN, chest pain coordinator, Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. “By adopting the metric guidelines and The Joint Commission’s PHAC standards, we have benchmarks to guide our process improvement plans. The metric guidelines encouraged Texas Health Fort Worth to break down the process to reach the goal and maintain the goal [of quality heart attack care].”
The advanced cardiac certifications also include:
- Acute Heart Attack Ready
- Advanced Heart Failure
- Comprehensive Cardiac Center
Learn more about The Joint Commission cardiac certification programs.