Wesley Medical Center didn’t just pass its biennial Disease-Specific Care re-certification for chest pain with The Joint Commission, it did so with accolades and exemplary commendations recently. “Certification means that we are considered a facility of excellence in our chest pain care,” said Terry Johnson, chest pain coordinator and manager of the Wesley chest pain collaborative that makes sure the entire program meets standards and runs smoothly. “We are excellent in our cardiac care, and we’ve proven it.” The nonprofit Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. It will issue its official recommendations within 60 days. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. Since heart disease has become the No. 2 killer of people in Kansas – surpassed only by cancer – heart disease education and treatment are top priorities for Wesley’s healthcare team, Johnson said. She notes that in the Emergency Department alone, the number of patients coming in with chest pain or other cardiac conditions has risen by 20 percent since 2016. “Certification shows we’re giving them the best, most compassionate and reliable care proved by evidence,” she said. “We are delivering optimal care to our patients.” The Joint Commission surveyor was so impressed by Wesley’s standards of care for cardiac patients that she asked for and received permission to share three ideas for best practices she observed during her Wesley Medical Center tour.