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The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: March 10, 2010

The Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK)
March 9, 2010 Tuesday

BYLINE: Journal Record Staff Report
LENGTH: 871 words

Oklahoma Heart Hospital gets Medicare certification

The Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus has received accreditation from the Joint Commission allowing the newly opened hospital to treat Medicare patients.

Earlier the Oklahoma State Department of Health certified the hospital to treat state-funded Medicaid patients.

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for accrediting and certifying more than 17,000 health care organizations and programs.

The $98 million, 163,000-square-foot facility opened Jan. 18.

"Joint Commission accreditation can take as long as two years, but our application for certification and on-site inspection were fast-tracked because we had a completely clean inspection requiring no changes to meet government standards," said John Harvey, Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus president and CEO. "Achieving Joint Commission standards so quickly allows us to offer services to a much broader patient population and fill a vital gap in services for south Oklahoma City and eastern Oklahoma County. "

The hospital specializes in cardiovascular care but operates a 10-bed emergency room. The hospital has 16 intensive care unit beds, 30 general cardiovascular rooms, 15 day beds, two operating rooms and three catheterization procedure rooms.

The South Campus facility was built by a consortium of hospitals including Oklahoma Heart Hospital North, Mercy Health Center, Midwest Regional Medical Center and Norman Regional Health System. Oklahoma Heart Hospital North opened in 2002 as the nation's first all-digital hospital totally dedicated to the care of hearts.

The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: March 10, 2010

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