Wesley Medical Center March 05, 2018

WICHITA –Wesley Medical Center didn’t just pass its biennial Disease-Specific Care recertification for chest pain with The Joint Commission, it did so with accolades and exemplary commendations. The certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

“Certification means that we are considered a facility of excellence in our chest pain care,” said Terry Johnson, chest pain coordinator and manager of Wesley’s chest pain collaborative credited with making sure the entire program meets standards and runs smoothly. “We are excellent in our cardiac care and we’ve proven it.”

Established in 2002, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Chest pain is a new certification option that combines a review of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) programs into one certification award. All Disease-Specific Care certifications are built on the same framework, which is considered a strong foundation for a well-run disease-management program. 

“Wesley has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with chest pain,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Wesley for becoming a leader in chest pain care, and potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients in its community.”

Since heart disease has become the No. 2 killer of people in Kansas – surpassed only by cancer – heart disease education and treatment are top priorities for Wesley’s healthcare team, Johnson said. In the Emergency Department alone, the number of patients coming in with chest pain or other cardiac conditions has risen by 20 percent since 2016. 

“Certification shows we’re giving them the best, most compassionate and reliable care provided by evidence,” Johnson said. “We are delivering optimal care to our patients and we just don’t talk the talk. We walk the walk.”

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.  For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its services, please visit www.wesleymc.com

Wesley Healthcare is the region’s leading acute-care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, Wesley Children’s Hospital and multiple WesleyCare clinics. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.