COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 10, 2015) – Battelle Healthcare Colloquium has recognized the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute. Lurie Children’s is the first pediatric facility in Illinois and the 10th in the nation to earn this distinction.
“The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium is pleased to welcome Lurie Children’s Hospital into the expanding group of pediatric centers. Dr. Elfriede Pahl and her team are to be congratulated on their recent accomplishment and we look forward to learning from the tremendous knowledge and experience that they bring to our efforts,” said Dr. John Lynn Jefferies, Director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Services at The Heart Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, who was part of the review team for Lurie Children’s.
“Lurie Children’s, which cares for more children with life-threatening cardiac conditions than any hospital in Illinois, is honored to have received this accreditation from The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gossett, a pediatric cardiologist at Lurie Children’s and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “A comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team came together to formalize our existing processes and to find ways to optimize the care of children with all stages of heart failure.”
“Recognizing that heart failure is a chronic disease, this model unites community, hospital, clinician, and science domains to deliver a continuum of care to affected children,” said Dr. Pahl, Medical Director of the Heart Transplant/Heart Failure Program at Lurie Children’s and Professor of Pediatrics at Feinberg School of Medicine. “This accreditation showcases the strong work we do together in advancing the care of our patients with heart failure and heart transplantation.”
Lurie Children’s is piloting an innovative approach to care by admitting patients with varying levels of acuity to their acuity adaptable cardiac care unit. This model allows for patients and families to stay in the same private room throughout the entire hospital stay, from admission to discharge. Thus, eliminating the need for multiple transfers, hand-offs and promoting a family-centered care and continuity.
The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium is the only accrediting body offering Pediatric Heart Failure Accreditation. The unique accreditation process builds on the member hospital’s prior improvement experience leading to initial heart failure accreditation. Results include an integration of heart failure care, streamlined processes across the entire continuum of care, patient enablement, and active collaboration with other Colloquium member hospitals nationwide. Experts working with experts, the pediatric members of The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium continue showcase pre-eminence and have the desire to meaningful contribute to making the world a better place for children with heart failure and their families.
About Lurie Children’s Hospital
Lurie Children’s is one of the nation’s top 10 children’s hospitals ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is the pediatric academic and research partner of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Its research center, Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, attracted more than $30 million in external funding in 2014. Last year, the hospital served more than 170,000 children from 50 states and 48 countries.
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