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Joint Commission Awards Bon Secours Gold Seal AMI and Heart Failure

St. Mary's Only Hospital in Virginia to Receive Recognition for Disease-Specific Care

The country’s premier independent healthcare accreditation organization has awarded Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital the Gold Seal of Approval™ for healthcare quality for Disease-Specific Care Certification. The recognition, from the Joint Commission, is for St. Mary’s Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Heart Failure care programs and was made public following an extensive unannounced on-site review by the Joint Commission (

In addition to AMI and Heart Failure designations, St. Mary’s earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for Advanced Certification for Stroke and, for the second time, has been designated a Primary Stroke Center.

St. Mary’s is the only hospital in the mid-Atlantic and one of only 10 in the United States to receive designations for both disease-specific and stroke programs.

The Joint Commission’s disease-specific program is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs.

“Our patients have been experiencing excellent results from the care provided at St. Mary’s, and that is the most gratifying of all recognition,” said Mark Bladergroen, M.D., vice president for medical affairs at St. Mary’s. “We are committed to ensuring that our AMI and Heart Failure protocols work best for our patients and that patients know they will be treated as individuals, with care specifically designed to meet their individual needs.”

St. Mary’s programs were evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of the programs’ processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization and interviews with patients and staff.

St. Mary’s voluntarily pursued the Joint Commission evaluation aided at enhancing safety and quality of care.

“We have built an extensive program for heart care at St. Mary’s,” said Michael Kerner, executive vice president and administrator of St. Mary’s. “The scope of our programs cover every need for our patients; disease management, evaluation, prevention and education. We are pleased to say that our outcomes are among the best in Central Virginia.”

The Bon Secours Heart & Vascular Institute (H&VI) offers the entire spectrum of cardiac services at all four hospitals in the Bon Secours Health System. The Institute also has a free-standing facility on the Bon Secours Reynolds Campus, just two miles from St. Mary’s Hospital. H&VI specializes in risk assessment and prevention strategies, as well as treatment in the battle against heart disease. H&VI also specializes in minimally invasive da Vinci® heart surgery.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 healthcare organizations, programs and hospitals in the United States.

St. Mary’s Hospital is one of four hospitals that comprise the Bon Secours Richmond Health System. The others are Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center; Bon Secours HealthSource is made up of more than 20 physician practice groups.

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