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McLaren Macomb Receives Atrial Fibrillation Certification

Published on Friday, June 13, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS, MICHIGAN – McLaren Macomb has received full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).  

Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become recognized as a health concern that in some cases can lead to stroke and possible death. Nearly 3 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as our population ages.

"We are very proud to be the only facility in Michigan to receive Atrial Fibrillation Certification from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care,” said Loraine Cusumano, RN, BSN, MSA, director of Cardiovascular Services at McLaren Macomb’s Mat Gaberty Heart Center. “This demonstrates the commitment of our hospital leadership and great staff to provide the highest quality cardiovascular care.”

Atrial fibrillation patients use more health care services and have much higher health care costs than those without the disease. SCPC’s goal is to help facilities evaluate and manage the atrial fibrillation patient more effectively, improve patient outcomes, and educate patients and health care providers to more efficiently care for this disease.

McLaren Macomb met or exceeded a wide range of stringent criteria and underwent a comprehensive review by an accreditation review specialist from the SCPC. McLaren Macomb’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment and to risk stratify patients to decrease their length of stay in the emergency department and the hospital.

Key areas in which a facility with Atrial Fibrillation Certification must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Emergency department integration with emergency medical services
  • Emergency assessment of patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Risk stratification of the atrial fibrillation patient
  • Treatment for patients presenting to the emergency department in atrial fibrillation
  • Personnel, competencies and training
  • Process improvement and organizational structure and commitment
  • Atrial fibrillation discharge criteria from the emergency department, observation services, or inpatient stay
  • Atrial fibrillation patient education in the emergency department, observation services and inpatient unit
  • Atrial fibrillation community outreach

To learn more about McLaren Macomb’s cardiovascular program, visit mclaren.org/macombcardiac.


About McLaren Macomb:

In January 2012, Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center became McLaren Macomb.

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed acute care hospital located in Mount Clemens, Mich. More than 400 physicians and nearly 2,000 employees work at McLaren Macomb making it one of Macomb County’s top employers. McLaren Macomb provides a full range of services, including cancer and cardiovascular care. As Macomb County’s first verified trauma center, the hospital operates the busiest emergency department in Macomb County and is also an accredited chest pain center. McLaren Macomb has a rich history of providing high quality, compassionate health care and holds a strong position in the community it serves. To learn more, visit mclaren.org/macomb or subscribe to our blog mclarenmacomb.blogspot.com.