COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's of Alabama earned the distinction of becoming an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute by The Healthcare Colloquium. Children's is the first pediatric facility in Alabama and 9th in the nation to earn this distinction.
"The Healthcare Colloquium is delighted to announce the accreditation of Children's of Alabama. Their dedication to advancing care for children with heart failure is exemplary and we look forward to a productive relationship with their group," says John Lynn Jefferies, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACC, FAHA, Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy Services at The Heart Institute of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center who reviewed the work done by Children's of Alabama and was involved in the site visit.
"We are pleased to announce that Children's of Alabama has received Accreditation as a Pediatric Heart Failure Institute by The Healthcare Colloquium," said Dr. F. Bennett Pearce, the program's medical director and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). "Accreditation and maintenance of accreditation from The Healthcare Colloquium places the Children's of Alabama Heart Failure and Transplant team in a position to lead and collaborate with the top pediatric centers across the country in the advancement of the care of children with heart failure and heart transplantation."
The 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 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 Children's of Alabama
Children's of Alabama (https://www.childrensal.org/) has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. For the past four years, Children's has been ranked among the best children's hospital programs in the nation by US News & World Report. Last year, patients made more than 670,000 outpatient and nearly 14,000 inpatient visits to Children's from every county in Alabama and from 41 other states and four foreign countries. With more than 2 million square feet, it is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. Children's offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham's historic Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children's South and Children's on 3rd. Children's of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the UAB pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs.
About The Healthcare Colloquium – A Battelle Company
As a hospital membership organization based in Columbus, Ohio, The Healthcare Colloquium, a Battelle Company, (http://www.colloquiumhealth.com) is comprised of 60 member hospitals, hospital systems and affiliates, with a common shared passion: pre-eminence in caring for those with critical illnesses. The Healthcare Colloquium provides solutions including heart failure accreditation, data-driven quality improvement services, the WayFinder™ quality improvement analytics tool, and predictive analytics clinical decision support. Our focus is to transform healthcare organizations by improving patient outcomes through a collaborative approach and applying analytics to our solutions.
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