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Heart failure national accreditation

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Columbus Regional Health’s Heart & Vascular Center has been designated as an Accredited Heart Failure Center by The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium (THAC), a nationally recognized organization dedicated to improving care and survival rates for heart failure patients.

CRH is just one of nine Indiana hospitals to earn the accreditation.

The THAC accreditation process recognizes organizations with a strong commitment to improving heart failure care. The Colloquium’s rigorous accreditation process includes a study of current practices, in-depth interviews, and an onsite review.

The on-site review, by an THAC evaluation team, determines if the hospital can demonstrate expertise in several key areas including treatment for heart failure patients, patient education, staff competencies and community outreach.

“Heart failure care at Columbus Regional Hospital is the result the guided leadership of administration and the determination of physicians and nurses working together after the 2008 flood,” said Tony Joseph, MD, President of the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. “When compared to all other accreditations, the designation as a Colloquium-accredited Heart Failure Center assures those with heart failure that this hospital is committed to ‘relationship-based care’ which is exactly the spirit found at Columbus Regional.

“CRH is an outstanding facility,” said Colloquium site reviewer David Wayne, MBA, MSM. “They truly understand healthcare delivery as a system, and blend improvement science with patient care in a unique and high quality fashion.  CRH turned disaster into an opportunity for system redesign, and have emerged from this situation better and stronger than ever.”

“Effective management of chronic diseases, including heart failure, is one of the major challenges facing healthcare providers today. We have an outstanding team of caregivers who work collaboratively to manage this very complex disease,” said CRH CEO Jim Bickel. “This accreditation is an external validation of the hard work this team puts in to ensure that every heart failure patient who walks through our doors is given the absolute best care.”

The Heart & Vascular Center at Columbus Regional Hospital is the area’s only hospital to offer 24/7 comprehensive heart care services including heart surgery, cardiac intervention and catheterization, electrophysiology, and cardiac rehabilitation.

For more information about the Columbus Regional Health’s Heart & Vascular Center, visit


Heart Failure
Heart Failure occurs when the heart muscle or valves have been damaged and the heart is not able to pump blood through the body the way it should. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke, equal to 2,200 deaths per day.

With more than 2 million heart attacks and strokes a year, and 800,000 deaths, just about all of us have been touched by someone who has had heart disease, heart attack, or a stroke.

Common symptoms of heart failure include:
• General tiredness and weakness
• Shortness of breath during mild or usual daily activities
• Weight gain
• Swelling in legs, ankles or lower back


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