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Sanford Heart Hospital receives Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services Accreditation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. —   Sanford Heart Hospital recently received full Atrial Fibrillation with Electrophysiology Services Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. 

“This accreditation is another validation of the superb care offered at Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls,” said Christopher Stanton, M.D., Sanford Heart cardiologist and electrophysiologist. “Our entire expert staff works tirelessly to be the best team for each patient who enters our hospital and that was clear through the review by the 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.  More than 5 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation and that number is rapidly increasing as our population ages. Atrial fibrillation patients are known to use more health care services and have much higher health care costs than non-AFib patients. SCPC’s Atrial Fibrillation Accreditation helps hospitals evaluate and manage the AFib patient more precisely, improve patient outcomes and educate patients and healthcare providers leading to more effective and efficient disease control.

Sanford Heart Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding an array of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive onsite review by an accreditation review specialist from SCPC.

Hospitals that receive SCPC’s AFib Accreditation status employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management. This allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment and to better risk stratify patients while also reducing length-of-stay in the emergency department and the hospital.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.

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 efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the Bedside™ and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease.

For more information about SCPC's accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.


Shawn Neisteadt

Sanford Health Media Strategist

605-366-2432 / shawn.neisteadt@sanfordhealth.org

@SanfordShawnN