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Legacy Meridian Park earns award for chest pain certification

A new disease-specific Gold Seal of Approval certification for Chest Pain from the Joint Commission has just been awarded to Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, the first hospital in the nation to receive the certification.

The medical center in Tualatin earned the recognition for demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The chest pain certification combines the disease-specific certifications Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).

“In achieving Joint Commission certification, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with chest pain,” said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Legacy Meridian Park for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center underwent an on-site review Sept. 6. An expert from The Joint Commission evaluated Meridian Park for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

“With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Allyson Anderson, chief administrative officer. “Achieving Chest Pain certification, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide for the communities we serve.”

Launched in 2002, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

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