TriStar Centennial
February 13, 2019

TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™ for its ventricular assist device destination therapy program. The certification recognizes TriStar Centennial's dedication to continuous compliance standards with The Joint Commission's standards by demonstrating a commitment to meeting stringent criteria for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care.

TriStar Centennial completed a rigorous on-site review to ensure the hospital's full compliance with The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification program as well as ventricular assist device destination therapy-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, TriStar Centennial has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its ventricular assist device patients," said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend TriStar Centennial for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

"Achieving Joint Commission advanced certification in ventricular assist device destination therapy is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually enhancing the care we provide," said Scott Cihak, Chief Executive Officer at TriStar Centennial Medical Center. "We always strive to provide the highest quality of care in every procedure and treatment we offer, and this certification is another example of how our physicians and cardiovascular nurse specialists are meeting the highest standards for patient care."

"I am very proud to be a part of this team and earn advanced certification from The Joint Commission," said Duc Nguyen, M.D., cardiovascular surgeon at TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center. "We put the patient first by using a multi-disciplinary team approach to ensure we offer our patients the most complete care possible."

The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification in Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy, developed in response to Medicare requirements, provides standards for hospitals related to:

  • Staffing and facility infrastructure to support ventricular assist device placements;
  • Participation in a national, audited registry for patients who have received mechanically assisted circulatory support devices; and
  • Volume requirements for board certified cardiac surgeons who place ventricular assist devices.

For more information about the ventricular assist device destination therapy program at TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center and to make an appointment, visit TriStar Centennial or call (615) 342-7310.