Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Brick Awarded Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from the Joint Commission

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Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Brick Awarded Advanced Certification in Heart Failure from the Joint Commission

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association, recently recognized Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Brick, as the only skilled nursing facility in New Jersey to receive the Advanced Certification in Heart Failure. Achievement of this certification signifies an organization's dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients in its heart failure program. The Advanced Certification in Heart Failure has demonstrated that Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Brick's services have met critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with and being treated for heart failure.

Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Brick, part of the Meridian Cardiovascular Network, underwent a rigorous on-site review in December and a Joint Commission expert evaluated their compliance with the requirements for The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as heart failure-specific requirements.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Brick has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with heart failure," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends Meridian for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

Physicians and caregivers in the Meridian Cardiovascular Network, provide people the most complete, most coordinated care in the region from prevention and wellness to diagnosis and treatment through rehabilitation and home services.

"Meridian Nursing and Rehab at Brick is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality heart failure care centered on current scientific research to ensure continued improvement in treatment," said Ken Aber, vice president of Long Term Care, Meridian Health. "In addition to The Joint Commission accreditation, the Advanced Certification in Heart Failure has given us the opportunity to highlight the exceptional heart failure care we provide for our patients, and help us improve care overall for our community."

The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification in Heart Failure Program, launched in 2011, is designed to target methods of providing safe, successful transitions of care as the patient moves from the inpatient setting to an outpatient setting. The heart failure requirements were developed in consultation with an external task force of experts and organizations with expertise in heart failure care, including representatives from the American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America and American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. These groups also provided feedback on how to evaluate heart failure programs that provide care in both inpatient and post-acute care settings.

For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association's Advanced Certification in Heart Failure visit or

About Meridian Health
Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. For more information, please visit

About The Joint Commission:
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.