Published on September 13, 2019

Nazareth Hospital Awarded Heart Failure Certification by The Joint Commission

Northeast Philadelphia – (September 13, 2019) – Nazareth Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Heart Failure Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization's commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. Nazareth has received this certification ongoing since 2010.

The certification recognizes healthcare organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for heart failure. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

Nazareth Hospital recently underwent a vigorous, unannounced onsite review. During the visit, a Joint Commission reviewer evaluated compliance with related certification standards including program management, supporting self-management, and delivering and facilitating clinical care. Joint Commission standards are developed in consultation with healthcare experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The reviewers also conducted onsite observations and interviews.  

"Heart Failure Certification recognizes healthcare organizations committed to fostering continuous quality improvement in patient safety and quality of care," says Mike Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. "We commend Nazareth Hospital for using certification to reduce variation in its clinical processes and to strengthen its program structure and management framework for heart failure patients."

"We are honored to again earn this certification for our heart failure program from an industry leader such as The Joint Commission. Our physicians and colleagues strive each day to provide compassionate, quality care for every patient,” says Edward O'Dell, DO, chief medical officer for Nazareth Hospital. “This achievement demonstrates our unwavering commitment to the communities we serve.”

To learn more about heart care at Nazareth Hospital, visit or call 1.866.NAZARETH (1.866.629.2738).