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Highline Medical Center Earns Distinction

Posted on Nov 24, 2015

(BURIEN, Wash.) – Highline Medical Center, a part of CHI Franciscan Health, has been recognized by Battelle Healthcare Colloquium as an Accredited Heart Failure Center. All seven acute-care hospitals in the CHI Franciscan system have achieved this designation.

"We are very pleased that the great work of our providers and staff is being recognized. Our goal is to provide exceptional care here at Highline,” says Mark Benedum, CEO of Highline Medical Center.

Highline Medical Center has focused on areas of improvement including community awareness building, nurse and physician education, palliative care and patient education. This work has enabled patients living with heart failure to participate in their own care. Today, heart failure patients enjoy more independence and experience fewer hospitalizations because of these advances in care.

“Heart failure is a debilitating illness and this recognition and accreditation for our heart failure program reflects the compassionate care and alleviation of suffering that we as a team are providing these patients,” says Tony Saraon, MD, cardiologist and heart failure specialist at Highline Medical Center. “CHI Franciscan and Highline have demonstrated excellence in care and we will continue to improve our heart failure program. The entire staff at Highline should take great pride in this recognition.”

Battelle Healthcare Colloquium’s unique heart failure accreditation process builds on the member hospital’s prior improvement experience leading to initial heart failure accreditation. Member hospitals work within the four established domains of heart failure: Community, Hospital, Clinician and Science using the Colloquium continuum of care model. Through this accreditation process CHI Franciscan hospitals implement best practices in heart failure care that are integrated into inpatient and outpatient treatment which enables patients to participate in their own medical care. As a Colloquium member CHI Franciscan is able to collaborate and learn from other member hospitals across the country.

“CHI Franciscan Health has demonstrated a powerful commitment to quality by ensuring that each hospital has become accredited,” says Jeffrey Lewis, MBOE, BSN, RN, LSSBB, Member Services Coach and Principal Research Scientist at Battelle. “It highlights their dedication to the communities they serve.”

About CHI Franciscan Health

CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and more than 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500 including more than 550 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and women’s care. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $9.9 million in charity care. More information:

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