Joint-commission-gold-seal PPMC is now certified by the Joint Commission for its Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) program. A VAD is a mechanical circulatory device that is used to partially or completely replace the function of a failing heart.

“This certification means that Penn Presbyterian does the right things and does them well for the cardiac patients who need a VAD,” says Jean E. Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.


“Penn Presbyterian voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide,” says PPMC Executive Director, Michele Volpe. “We’re proud to achieve this distinction.”

The Joint Commission surveyor was extremely impressed with the VAD Committee’s coordinated team effort which was evident throughout the survey. She was also complimentary of the staff’s enthusiasm in wanting to see the program grow.

One of the survey highlights was our new VAD website that the surveyor felt was well-organized and an excellent resource for our staff.  If you have not had a chance to visit the site (on the intranet), please view it online. It can also be found on the PPMC and PPMC nursing intranet sites.

Special thanks to our medical staff leaders, committee members and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit for doing a great deal of work to build this excellent program.   

Thanks to each and every one of you for contributing to another successful survey and for your continuous commitment to our patients. Congratulations!

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