PHILADELPHIA —The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association, has awarded the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. Achievement of this certification signifies HUP’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients in its heart failure program. HUP’s Advanced Certification in Heart Failure demonstrates long-term success in improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with and being treated for heart failure.  HUP is the first hospital in Philadelphia to be recognized by The Joint Commission with the Advanced Certification in Heart Failure.

“HUP is committed to providing our patients the highest quality heart failure care,” said Patricia Sullivan, PhD, vice president, Quality and Patient Safety at Penn Medicine. “This certification by the Joint Commission in Advanced  Heart Failure allows us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional heart failure care team we have at HUP and applaud their work in improving the lives of our cardiac patients and working towards Penn Medicine’s overall goals as we strive for excellence, innovation, and quality in all clinical areas.”

The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Heart Failure Program, launched in 2011, is designed to target methods of providing safe, successful transitions of care as the patient moves from the inpatient setting to an outpatient setting. The heart failure requirements were developed in consultation with an external task force of experts and organizations with expertise in heart failure care, including representatives from the American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America and American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. These groups also provided feedback on how to evaluate heart failure programs that provide care in both inpatient and post-acute care settings.

In addition to the new Advanced Heart Failure designation, HUP was the first hospital in Philadelphia to receive Advanced Certification in Ventricular-Assist Devices from The Joint Commission (now joined by Penn Presbyterian Medical Center). HUP has also received the Get With The Guidelines®— Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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