The Joint Commission accreditation is nationally
recognized as the symbol of quality reflecting an organization’s commitment to
meeting specific performance standards for quality care. With over 100 Hospice
Facilities in Arizona; surprisingly there are only 11 in the state that possess
the highly coveted accreditation. Five of those 11 Hospice facilities are in the
Metropolitan Valley and only three are in Phoenix. Sacred Heart is one of the
three accredited facilities and on the leading edge of quality care, helping to
set standards in the industry.
"We are very proud of this achievement," states Sacred Heart Hospice founder Irma
"The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ demonstrates we are providing safe
and effective care at the highest quality and value," Ruiz continues. "Hospice
helped our family during my father's last twenty-three months of life. My father
suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease. The hospice nurse and nurse's aid taught my
sister, who was the primary caregiver, how to take care of him as he was
bedridden. Because of their teachings, my dad had no bed ulcers, no infections,
and he passed gracefully like he had wished: at home, in his bed, and with
family. He wanted to have Marimba played when he died and that is exactly what
we did. It was beautiful."
Sacred Heart Hospice was founded in 2006 with the goal of being the preferred
provider of hospice care and palliative care - providing physical, emotional and
spiritual services to all patients and their family members within the Phoenix
and surrounding areas.
"Our vision is to be the leader in providing quality end-of-life care in the
Valley. Our mission is to provide the most comfortable, loving and dignified
care humanly possible at every given moment. Quality performance standards are
no exception. Our team decided a long time ago that if we were going to become
our vision, that we were going to have to be the best that we can be in each
area that impacts our patients' quality of life. Obtaining this voluntary
accreditation demonstrates a clear commitment to reaching our goal of providing
the finest care in Valley" says Kiran Vedantam, Director of Sacred Heart.
Patients are in life-limiting conditions and receive care in their current home
or a residential setting. "This setting provides comfort because the patient is
more easily supported by friends and family, allowing our staff to coordinate
with them. With a multi-lingual and interdisciplinary staff of 17, we are
confident that we have our bases covered," says Dr. Talluri, Medical Director of
Sacred Heart Hospice.
Sacred Heart Hospice providers visit patients as needed to provide health
and palliative care, spiritual support and social services. Irma Ruiz, MBA, RN,
BSN is Chief Administrative Officer and Dr. Murali Talluri, M.D. is Medical
Director. For additional information see www.SacredHeartHospice.com