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Munroe Regional Medical Center Achieves Heart Failure Accreditation

Munroe Regional is the only hospital in Marion, Alachua, Citrus, Lake and Sumter Counties to receive this distinction

OCALA, FL - December 7, 2012

*Updated: December 17, 2012*

Munroe Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce it has received Heart Failure Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Munroe Regional is one of 11 hospitals in the state of Florida, and the only in Marion, Alachua, Citrus, Lake and Sumter Counties, to receive this distinction

“Receiving the Heart Failure Accreditation from the SCPC demonstrates Munroe Regional’s commitment to effectively managing the increasing numbers of heart failure patients presenting to our two emergency departments, said Dr. Frank Fraunfelter, Medical Director of Emergency Service at Munroe Regional. “By implementing these best practice protocols we are able to better ensure we are appropriately placing patients who present with heart failure and reducing hospital re-admissions.”

To receive Heart Failure Accreditation, Munroe Regional demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SCPC’s accreditation review specialists. The medical center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay.

“The Society bases its standards on the latest science, continuous process improvement and confirmed through Accreditation,” Dave Carter, MBA, RN Director Accreditation, The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. “Munroe Regional Medical Center is truly a leader in the community in the treatment of patients with Heart Failure by achieving Heart Failure Accreditation.”

Key areas in which a facility with Heart Failure Accreditation must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services.
  • Emergency Assessment of Patients with Symptoms of Acute Decompensated Heart Failure-Diagnosis.
  • Risk Stratification of the Heart Failure Patient.
  • Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Heart Failure.
  • Heart Failure Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Stay or Inpatient Stay.
  • Heart Failure Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation and Inpatient Unit.
  • Personnel, Competencies and Training.
  • Process Improvement.
  • Organizational Structure and Commitment.
  • Heart Failure Community Outreach.

In July 2012, Munroe Regional launched a Heart Failure Unit within its 5-floor Cardiology department. Patients with the primary diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure are admitted to the Heart Failure Unit where they receive extensive patient education on their condition and Munroe's innovative treatment strategy. Munroe's unique approach includes empowering patients with education during their hospital stay. Patients learn to take care of themselves through an understanding of the importance of exercise, weight management, and sodium/fluid restrictions.

“Heart failure is currently the only cardiac disease that continues to increase in both incidence and prevalence in our country” states Pam Michell, Chief Nursing Officer at Munroe Regional. “Munroe is very proud to have developed a comprehensive patient-centered heart failure program across the patient’s continuum of care. Our goal is to provide them with extensive education geared towards self-empowerment and self-care so that we can help them improve their lives and eliminate the need for readmission to the medical center.”

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care

The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to successfully navigate the changing face of healthcare. For more information on SCPC, accreditation and certification opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.