Hahnemann Designated Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care 

PHILADELPHIA (April 7, 2009) - Hahnemann University Hospital has been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by Independence Blue Cross. Hahnemann was selected based on standards developed by an expert panel and national organizations, including the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. Criteria are divided into five categories: patient results, treatment expertise, procedure volume, structure, and process.  

  • To be designated a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care, Hahnemann University Hospital met a number of standard including:  
  • An established cardiac care program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
  • Appropriate experience of its cardiac team, including sub-specialty board certification for interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons
  • An established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency and a full range of cardiac services
  • Full accreditation by The Joint Commission, Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) or national equivalent
  • Low overall complication and mortality rates
  • A comprehensive quality management program  

Hahnemann demonstrated quality care and better overall outcomes throughout each module, and has met each of the program’s requirements. Hahnemann also offers the required full range of cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization, and cardiac surgery, which is necessary for the designation.  

“We are very proud that our cardiac services have been recognized for their excellence in patient care and advanced clinical methods. Congratulations to our cardiac care team for achieving this prestigious distinction,” stated Michael P. Halter, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hahnemann University Hospital.

Of the 5,708 hospitals currently registered with the American Hospital Association, only 410 have been awarded the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care.

About Hahnemann University Hospital

Hahnemann University Hospital is a 541-bed academic medical center at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa.  The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure and transplantation, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation.  Hahnemann is recognized by the American Heart Association as a leader in coronary artery disease and heart failure treatments.   The hospital performed one of the city’s first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976.  Hahnemann became Philadelphia’s first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults in 1986, and since then has been served by MidAtlantic MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is proud to be the first hospital in Philadelphia to join with The Wellness Community of Philadelphia to offer onsite support and education services to cancer patients and their families.  Hahnemann is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. An affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital is part of Tenet Pennsylvania, which also includes St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. To learn more about Hahnemann, visit www.hahnemannhospital.com                                                                                



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