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Heart Failure

UPMC Pinnacle is committed to improving the quality of care for patients with congestive heart failure through the use of clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines, approved by our interdisciplinary team, promote evidence-based practice to reduce complications, mortality, length of stay and hospital readmissions.

Our multidisciplinary team works together to comply with an extensive list of standards to include:

  • 24/7 provider access
  • Re-evaluation by a team member within 72 hours of discharge
  • Post-hospital appointment within 7 days
  • Seamless transitional care
  • Template for individualized ongoing care to promote self-management of disease
  • Coordination of care between providers and allied health
  • Adherence to directed medical therapy guidelines

Recognition and Accreditations

Our Heart Failure Program is recognized as an Advanced Heart Failure Program via The Joint Commission's Disease Specific Certification program.

Our Heart Failure program participates in the American Heart Association's Get with the Guideline's (GWTG) program.  Since 2014, UPMC Pinnacle has received the GWTG Gold Plus Award. This award recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated at least 85% compliance with the five GWTG-Heart Failure Achievement Measures for twenty four consecutive months or more. Since 2017, UPMC Pinnacle also received the target award by meeting an additional 5 measures. In 2019, in it's first year participating, UPMC Carlisle obtained Silver Plus Target. 

Program data is reviewed concurrently at the patient, unit, hospital and system levels. Based on careful analysis, action plans are developed to impact positive patient and family outcomes.

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If you have questions about UPMC Pinnacle's quality information or data, please contact our Performance Improvement Department at 717-231-8469.

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