Swedish Medical Center First in State to be Accredited by the Joint Commission for Cardiovascular Services

Awarded in Multiple Coronary Specialties and Receives Mission: Lifeline Recognition by American Heart Association

Swedish Hospital Earns Joint Commission Heart Accreditation

(Englewood, Colorado) Swedish Medical Center has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission for Cardiovascular Services and continues to be the only hospital in the state with accreditations in Advanced Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Bypass and Coronary Artery Disease. They have also received Mission: Lifeline Gold and Gold Plus Level status recognition by the American Heart Association.

"This achievement acknowledges the exceptional care our Cardiology team provides patients in the Denver metro area and beyond."

"This achievement acknowledges the exceptional care our Cardiology team provides patients in the Denver metro area and beyond," said Mary M. White, President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center. "Their dedication to quality healthcare deserves to be recognized."

The Heart Center at Swedish Medical Center offers comprehensive cardiac care for patients through coordination of EMS responders, the Emergency Department, and an experienced team of healthcare professionals who ensure patients receive appropriate and timely care for their condition.

"The Cardiovascular Services Team at Swedish strives to provide the community with a comprehensive program from chest pain to heart attacks to open heart surgery and chronic illness such as heart failure. We to provide the best possible experience for our patients based on national standards,” states Kathryn Fry, Director of Cardiovascular Services.

The American Heart Association recognizes this hospital for achieving 85% or higher composite adherence to all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12-month intervals and 75% or higher compliance on all Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center quality measures to improve the quality of care for STEMI patients.

Hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association for the Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Level award have demonstrated their ability to provide cardiac care at the highest level for patients with STEMI type heart attacks, the most life threatening heart attack, for at least two years. At a Gold Level Plus Level hospital, all heart attack patients have rapid access, skillful and timely intervention and the highest level of on-going heart care treatment following the latest American Heart Association guidelines.

"This achievement is validation of the innovative care that we offer here at Swedish. Our cardiac team has worked very hard to bring the best care to our patients and The Joint Commission and AHA have seen that expertise and chosen to recognize us for it," says Fry.

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About Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HealthONE, is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Joint- Commission-accredited Stroke, Cardiology and Cancer Center. Swedish has the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters. An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.
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