Article from El Observador

First SF Bay Area hospital and one of just 32 hospitals nationwide

San Jose, CA— Regional Medical Center of San Jose is the first SF Bay Area hospital to receive full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). The three-year certification is in addition to Regional's SCPC Chest Pain Certification, Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification and Trauma Center Designation.

“We are pleased to be recognized as the first Bay Area hospital to receive this important certification,” says Mike T. Johnson, President and CEO of Regional. “We remain committed to offering quality heart programs that provide patients with advanced treatment options for atrial fibrillation.”

Atrial fibrillation (A-Fib) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become recognized as a health concern that in some cases can lead to stroke and possible death. Nearly 3 million people in the United States have atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as our population ages.

“A-Fib is caused by a malfunction in the heart's electrical system, says Theodore Chow, MD, Co- Medical Director for Regional's Electrophysiology Program. “Regional offers leading edge treatments and emerging technologies including catheter ablation, a procedure to eliminate this type of irregular rhythm.”

“We are excited to work collaboratively with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care to improve the care of the hundreds of Atrial Fibrillation patients that we see each year,” added Sanjay Bindra, MD, Co-Medical Director of Regional's Electrophysiology Program. “Our goal is to provide the best possible care to patients in our community with this complex disease process.”

Regional's protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and the hospital. Key areas in which a facility with Atrial Fibrillation Certification must demonstrate expertise include the following:

  • Emergency Department Integration with Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Assessment of Patients with Atrial Fibrillation
  • Risk Stratification of the Atrial Fibrillation Patient
  • Treatment for Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department in Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Fibrillation Discharge Criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Services, or Inpatient Stay
  • Atrial Fibrillation Patient Education in the Emergency Department, Observation Services, and Inpatient Unit
  • Personnel, Competencies and Training
  • Process Improvement
  • Organizational Structure and Commitment
  • Atrial Fibrillation Community Outreach

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a Level II Trauma Center staffed by in-house specialists 24/7. The hospital provides a host of technologically-advanced services including Cardiovascular, Neuro, Orthopedic and General Surgery, and Interventional Pulmonology, along with multi-organ Cancer Care, and services for Women and Children.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose holds Joint Commission advanced certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and a Get with the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. It is a certified Chest Pain Center, Certified Atrial Fibrillation Program and county-designated STEMI (heart attack) receiving center. Regional is recognized by the Joint Commission as a 2011, 2012, 2013 Top Performing Hospital on Key Quality Measures™, and is home to the San Jose Institute for Robotic Surgery.

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