The American College of Cardiology has recognized King’s Daughters
Medical Center, Ashland, Ky., for its demonstrated expertise and commitment
in treating patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). King’s Daughters
was awarded Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation in November based
on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate,
diagnose and treat patients with atrial fibrillation.
This is the second cycle of AFib accreditation for King’s Daughters.
Atrial fibrillation is a common arrhythmia where the heartbeat is irregular
and often rapid, which can lead to increased risk of stroke, heart failure
and other complications. Facilities earning Atrial Fibrillation with EPS
Accreditation not only demonstrate management of atrial fibrillation,
but also provide full electrophysiology and surgical services.
Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic
approach to managing AFib have been able to reduce time to treatment,
better identify and predict high-risk patients, and limit the length-of-stay
in the emergency department and the hospital.
“ACC Accreditation Services is proud to bestow Atrial Fibrillation
with EPS Accreditation on King’s Daughters,” said Abraham
Joseph, vice president of ACC Accreditation Services. “We commend
KDMC for its demonstrated commitment to providing the Tri-State area with
excellent care of AFib patients.”
Hospitals receiving Atrial Fibrillation with EPS Accreditation from the
ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves:
completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care; developing an
action plan; a rigorous onsite review; and monitoring for sustained success.
Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining
processes, implementing guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices
in the precise care of atrial fibrillation patients. Facilities that achieve
accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized
a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff
that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education,
improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.
The ACC and the American Heart Association are collaborating to offer U.S.
hospitals like King’s Daughters access to a comprehensive suite
of co-branded cardiac accreditation services designed to optimize patient
outcomes and improve hospital financial performance. These services are
focused on all aspects of cardiac care, including AFib.
King's Daughters heart rhythm specialists include John Van Deren, M.D.,
Ola Khraisha, M.D., Terence Ross, M.D., and Kristin Ellison, M.D. Our
electrophysiologists see patients in Ashland, Louisa, Grayson and Prestonsburg,
Ky., and in Portsmouth, Ohio.