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Hospice of Cincinnati Among First in Nation to Receive American Heart Association Certification in End-of-Life Care for Heart Failure Patients

Hospice of Cincinnati is one of the first organizations in the nation to earn Palliative/Hospice Heart Failure Certification from the American Heart Association®, the world’s leading non-profit organization focused on heart and brain health for all. The certification provides an evidence-based framework for evaluating palliative and hospice care agencies against the American Heart Association’s rigorous science-based standards for heart failure patients.

“This certification helps assure patients and families can have confidence that their end-of-life heart failure care is coordinated and follows the latest evidence-based guidelines,” said Rabia Malik, M.D., American Heart Association volunteer expert and associate medical director at Anthem. “We’re pleased to have Hospice of Cincinnati join the national network of American Heart Association Palliative/Hospice Heart Failure certified agencies.”

Established in 1977, Hospice of Cincinnati is the fourth-oldest hospice in the country, and the oldest and largest in the Cincinnati region. Its mission as a non-profit organization is to create the best possible and most meaningful advanced illness and end-of-life experience for all who need care and support in the community. In 2020, Hospice of Cincinnati and the multiple advanced illness and grief programs it created became HOC Navigators, designed to help guide people through advanced illness and the end of life.

“Hospice of Cincinnati is proud to receive this certification from the American Heart Association,” said Gayle Mattson, President and CEO of HOC Navigators. “The tools and resources provided by the American Heart Association help us provide education and opportunities to work toward quality efforts for our patients with heart failure. This accomplishment reflects our commitment to provide quality care.”

The certification signifies confidence that:

  • Hospice of Cincinnati’s heart failure program uses a standardized method of delivering services based on current standards aligned with the American Heart Association science,
  • Hospice of Cincinnati adheres to evidence-based requirements to improve care and quality of life for heart failure patients, and
  • Hospice of Cincinnati is recognized by the American Heart Association based on professional evaluation criteria designed by heart failure and home care experts.

About Hospice of Cincinnati and HOC Navigators

Established in 1977, Hospice of Cincinnati is the fourth-oldest hospice in the country, and the oldest and largest in the Cincinnati region. Its mission as a non-profit organization is to create the best possible and most meaningful advanced illness and end-of-life experience for all who need care and support in the community. In 2020, Hospice of Cincinnati and the multiple advanced illness and grief programs it created became HOC Navigators, designed to help guide people through advanced illness and the end of life. These programs include Hospice of Cincinnati, PalliaCare® Cincinnati, Conversations of a Lifetime®, Social Connections and The Goldstein Family Grief Center. Fernside, a 501(c)(3) organization, is an affiliate of Hospice of Cincinnati. Hospice of Cincinnati is sponsored by Bethesda Inc. in a collaborative community partnership with TriHealth and Bon Secours Mercy Health.

CONTACT:

  • Angie Brinegar, Chief Marketing Officer, Hospice of Cincinnati/HOC Navigators, 513.203.9043, Angela_Brinegar@trihealth.com
  • Lori Fovel, Communications Director, Cincinnati American Heart Association, 513.703.1429, Fovel@heart.org

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