Legacy Emanuel Medical Center awarded national chest pain certification The Joint Commission has awarded Legacy Emanuel Medical Center the disease-specific Gold Seal of Approval® certification for Chest Pain. It is the first hospital in Multnomah County to receive the certification. Legacy Emanuel earned this recognition for demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The Chest Pain certification combines the disease-specific certifications Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). “This is a voluntary disease-specific certification that we pursued and invited the Joint Commission to review and certify,” says Lori Morgan, M.D., chief administrative officer for Legacy Emanuel. “I am extremely proud of our staff’s continued commitment to improving the care we provide to our patients.” Legacy Emanuel underwent an on-site review in November 2013. An expert from The Joint Commission evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Launched in 2002, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.