Abington – Lansdale Hospital First in Nation to Receive Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification from the Joint Commission

LANSDALE, PA (February 21, 2020)— Abington – Lansdale Hospital is the first in the nation to earn the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®  and the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark for Acute Heart Attack Ready Certification.

This certification is available to hospitals that are staffed to treat heart attack patients 24/7 but do not have a cardiac catheterization lab on-site.

To obtain certification, Abington – Lansdale Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite visit. A Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with certification standards including systems in the emergency department, EMS transfer processes and inpatient services.

“We commend Abington – Lansdale Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for cardiac patients,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, the Joint Commission.

According to Katie Farrell, chief administrative officer, Abington – Lansdale Hospital, an interdisciplinary team comprised of staff from different departments came together to carefully plan the processes that make this system possible and allow for expert care to be provided to patients presenting with heart attacks.

“Abington – Lansdale Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in the nation to receive this certification, which validates that we have systems in place to rapidly identify, treat and transfer heart attack patients for percutaneous coronary angioplasty,” says Farrell.

For more information, please visit the Joint Commission website.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township and seven convenient outpatient facilities located in Blue Bell, Elkins Park, Horsham, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville, Warminster and Willow Grove. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, an organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.