The Joint Commission Grants Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) to NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Langone Medical Center announced today that The Joint Commission granted the medical center an advanced certification in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD). Certification recognizes that NYU Langone’s dedication to providing excellence in patient-centered care for people with advanced heart failure aligns with The Joint Commission’s high performance standards of safe, high quality care, treatment and services.
“We are thrilled to receive this important certification, which attests to the quality and safety of VAD implant surgery at NYU Langone,” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean & CEO at NYU Langone Medical Center. “I commend our dedicated faculty and staff who were pivotal in creating this program.”
VAD certification is awarded to hospitals providing medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with advanced heart failure and can provide advanced life sustaining therapies to patients with acute and end-stage chronic heart failure. The program must be recertified every two years.
A VAD is a device surgically implanted to aid the function of a failing heart that is unable to pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body. LVADs assist the left ventricle and are the most commonly used among VADS, which also include RVADs (for the right ventricle) and BiVADs (for both ventricles).
NYU Langone’s VAD program incorporates both medical and surgical support, including a multidisciplinary team of specialists to assure patients receive optimal care. The medical center offers short-term cardiac devices to aid in recovery or to be used as a bridge to transplant, as well as long term devices such as permanent destination therapy (DT) to increase life expectancy and quality of life of advanced heart failure patients who are not candidates for a heart transplant. NYU Langone introduced its new LVAD program in December 2011.
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare that evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.