Battelle Healthcare Colloquium Recognizes Levine Children's Hospital as First Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in the Carolinas

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwired - May 25, 2016) -  The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium has recognized Levine Children's Hospital as an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute. Levine Children's is the first pediatric facility in the Carolinas and the 11th in the nation to earn this distinction.

"Dr. Gonzalo Wallis and the entire team at the Levine Children's Hospital constructed a phenomenal team to help improve the care of children with heart failure. I was thrilled to see the level of commitment and focus that they are bringing together to improve the lives of their patients. Congratulations on being recognized as a center of excellence in the care of children with heart failure," said Dr. Jeffrey Gossett, Medical Director of Cardiology Ward Service at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, who was part of the review team for Levine Children's Hospital.

"During the past couple of years, Levine Children's Hospital has been growing a comprehensive team devoted to treating children with heart failure. To be the only children's hospital in North Carolina recognized by Battelle Healthcare Colloquium as an accredited pediatric heart failure institute demonstrates our world class care and commitment to our patients and families," said Dr. Gonzalo Wallis, Medical Director of Levine Children's Hospital's Pediatric Heart Failure Program. "We are honored and privileged to receive this distinction, and will continue to strive to provide the best care possible to all the families that entrust us with their loved ones."

Battelle Healthcare Colloquium's unique accreditation process builds on the member hospital's prior improvement experience. Working within Battelle Healthcare Colloquium's continuum of care model, member hospitals select milestones within four established domains of heart failure -- Community, Hospital, Clinician, and Science. As part of their accreditation milestone work, Levine Children's Hospital focused on building heart failure awareness in their community. One of the hospital's most popular community screening programs is their Heart of a Champion Day where more than 3,000 high school student-athletes in surrounding communities are screened for cardiac and medical conditions that could potentially result in sudden cardiac death and heart failure due to undiagnosed heart defects.

Battelle Healthcare Colloquium is the only accrediting body offering Pediatric Heart Failure Accreditation. Using coaching-based methods, Battelle Healthcare Colloquium works one on one with hospitals to meet their heart failure care goals. Results include an integration of heart failure care, streamlined processes across the entire continuum of care, patient enablement, and active collaboration with other Colloquium member hospitals nationwide. Colloquium members also have the opportunity to serve as peer reviewers during onsite accreditation visits and provide peer-to-peer feedback and a full spectrum review of improvements. The pediatric members of Battelle Healthcare Colloquium continue to showcase preeminence and have the desire to meaningful contribute to making the world a better place for children with heart failure and their families.

About Levine Children's Hospital

As the largest children's hospital between Atlanta and Washington, DC, Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC, provides an unmatched level of expert care in more than 30 areas of pediatric medicine. We have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children's Hospital in multiple specialties for many years. We treat everything from simple to the most complex conditions, and we see more pediatric patients per day than any other hospital in North Carolina. Levine Children's Hospital offers the region's first 24/7 emergency room for children, staffed by physicians trained in pediatric emergency medicine.

About Battelle

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From left: Gonzalo Wallis, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist and Director of Heart Failure Program, Levine Children's Hospital; Kati Robinson, Pediatric Heart Transplant Coordinator, Levine Children's Hospital; Jennifer Jackson, RN, BSN, Clinic Director, Levine Children's Hospital; Jeffrey Lewis, MBOE, BSN, RN, LSSBB, Member Services Coach, Battelle Healthcare Colloquium; Theresa Hutchinson, NP, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute Pediatric Cardiology, Levine Children's Hospital; Jennifer LaMothe, RN, Research, Levine Children's Hospital; Lynn Puma, Social Worker, Levine Children's Hospital; Jeffrey Gossett, MD, Reviewer, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.