CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Hospital in Lufkin was awarded heart failure accreditation from the American College of Cardiology.

Accreditation is based on rigorous onsite review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more, a release by CHI said.

“CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin has demonstrated its commitment to providing Deep East Texas with Excellent heart care,” Dr. Phillip D. Levy, FACC and chair of the ACC accreditation management board, said. “ACC accreditation services is proud to award CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial with heart failure accreditation.”

Heart failure happens when the heart is incapable of pumping enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It is one of the most common reasons people 65 and older are hospitalized, the release said.

“We at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial take great pride in our mission — which at its core is to heal the body, mind and spirit,” Monte Bostwick, the Lufkin CHI CEO/President, said. “ ... The latest heart failure accreditation from the ACC underscores the value of our ability to work with health care partners like the Heart Institute of East Texas in enhancing quality patient care while creating new and innovative models of heart care that help support our mission.”

CHI has also received other notable awards from the ACC such as: the HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence and the Pioneer Award. CHI is one of seven facilities in the state to receive the accreditation and the only one in Deep East Texas to do so — the closest facility with this accreditation is the CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.

“It is a tremendous honor and achievement to receive the heart failure accreditation,” Dr. Ravinder Bachireddy, the chief of cardiology at CHI, said. “In essence, this accreditation means better, faster patient care, better coordination of care, improved patient outcomes and quality of life.”

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