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Community Howard earns certification for cardiovascular services

For release on November 29, 2018

Kokomo, IN---Community Howard Regional Health has once again received the distinction of receiving accreditation for the hospital’s lifesaving cardiovascular services.

Community Howard has been awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Chest Pain Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

“I am very proud of our entire team for achieving this well-deserved distinction from The Joint Commission,” said Joe Hooper, President of Community Howard Regional Health. “This certification is a testament of our commitment to providing advanced care to our heart patients right here in Kokomo. We have made significant investments in our heart care program and we will continue to work to ensure this community is able to receive these lifesaving services locally.”

Community Howard’s region-leading interventional cardiovascular services were previously accredited through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. With two cath labs and a physician lead team of cardiovascular experts, Community Howard is the only hospital in Kokomo to offer around-the-clock treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack.

Community Howard has invested more than 2.5 million in the past two years to replace the hospital’s two heart catheterization labs with new, state-of-the-art labs. The labs are used to diagnose whether a patient has a blockage in a coronary artery, as well as to perform angioplasties. An angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure used to open a blocked coronary artery by feeding a deflated balloon or other device on a catheter through blood vessels until the blockage is reached. The recommended interval of time from when a patient walks through the door of a hospital to having the blocked artery opened, known as “door to balloon,” is recognized as 90 minutes by national associations. According to the most-recent data, Community Howard Regional Health’s average door-to-balloon time stood at 58 minutes.

Community Howard offers patients the full array of interventional and rehabilitative heart care services, including the capability to treat cardiac and vascular diseases as well as rhythm disorders. Heart disease continues to rank as the number one cause of death worldwide.

About Community Howard Regional Health
Community Howard Regional Health, part of Community Health Network, offers high-quality, patient-centered services close to home. A compassionate and comfortable environment of care is provided at two hospital campuses—a full-service hospital (main campus) and rehabilitation hospital. The main campus offers primary and specialty inpatient and outpatient services, which include a full-service heart program, behavioral health, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, emergency, sleep disorders, surgery, wound care, obstetrics and gynecology. Outpatient rehabilitation services are offered at Community Howard Specialty Hospital, located 15 minutes from the main campus. To learn more about Community Howard Regional Health, visit eCommunity.com/howard.

George Mast, Manager Communications & Public Relations, Community Howard
George Mast
Manager Communications & Public Relations, Community Howard Regional Health