Memorial Regional Hospital’s heart program accredited

Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood recently earned certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest healthcare accrediting group, for a cardiac therapy program designed to treat patients with end-stage heart failure who are not eligible for a transplant — making Memorial the first hospital in Broward County to receive the designation.

The hospital’s ventricular assist device destination therapy program underwent a two-day, on-site review by The Joint Commission, and demonstrated full compliance with national standards for disease specific care, according to a Memorial Hospital spokesman.

Ventricular assist devices are continuous flow pumps surgically implanted inside the left ventricle, the main pumping chamber of the heart, propelling blood from the ventricle to the body.

Of the more than 5,700 acute care hospitals with Joint Commission accreditation in the country, only 139 have an accredited destination therapy ventricular assist device program.