CVMC Receives Heart Failure Accreditation

Heart Failure Specialist, Sara Paul, DNP FNP, of Catawba Valley Cardiology shown holding a Cardiomems heart failure monitoring device the size of a large paperclip.

Heart Failure Specialist, Sara Paul, DNP FNP, of Catawba Valley Cardiology shown holding a heart failure monitoring device

HICKORY, NC – December 23, 2015 – Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) announced today that it has received full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to adequately send blood to organs and muscles throughout the body. It is a leading cause of hospital admissions among people age 65 and older in the United States.

“Attaining SCPC Heart Failure Accreditation is significant because it demonstrates CVMC’s commitment to more effectively and efficiently offer treatment for heart failure patients early, rather than waiting until problems have already developed,” said Heart Failure Specialist, Sara Paul, DNP FNP, of Catawba Valley Cardiology. “Our approach to heart failure patient care includes up-to-date monitoring technology and coordinated care designed to prevent hospital readmissions and improve patient outcomes.” This special accreditation from the SCPC means that CVMC has developed programs and systems to give the best care to patients who have heart failure, not only in the hospital, but also in the pre-hospital care and in follow-up care after discharge. It is a status that shows CVMC has worked to be better than other hospitals that do not have this accreditation. This is the second SCPC accreditation that CVMC has received. It has also received accreditation as a chest pain center for the management of patients who have coronary heart disease.

CVMC has shown expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a long list of criteria and undergoing a thorough review visit by a team of SCPC’s accreditation specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC’s Heart Failure Accreditation status employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management. This allows clinicians to reduce the time it takes to start treatment while also reducing length of hospital stay.

In March, CVMC became the first hospital in the region to offer a new wireless heart failure technology — the CardioMEMS Heart Failure System. This system allows patients to send critical information about their heart failure condition to a nurse on a regular basis, which also decreases the need for additional clinic or hospital visits.

ABOUT CATAWBA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER – Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Hickory, NC, is the region’s largest not-for-profit, public healthcare system serving the community without direct funding from taxes. CVMC provides and promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being in addition to serving as a center for health education, wellness, preventive medicine and acute care. CVMC received a fourth consecutive Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2014 and has been recognized by WomenCertified® with Women’s Choice Awards for America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015; America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016; America’s Best Hospitals in Orthopedics in 2013 & 2014; America’s Best Hospitals in Cancer Care in 2015; and America’s Best Hospitals in Stroke, Bariatric Surgery and Stroke in 2016. CVMC received the 2013 & 2014 Premier Inc. QUEST® Award for High-Value Healthcare recognizing its reduction in harm, mortality, readmissions and costs and improvements in metrics for patient experience and evidence-based care. For more information, please visit

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care – The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality, cost and patient satisfaction. As the only cross-specialty organization, SCPC provides the support needed for individual hospitals and hospital systems to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment by providing the tools, education and support necessary to improve patient outcomes. For more information on SCPC’s accreditation and certification opportunities, visit, or call toll free 1-877-271-4176.


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