As a hospital membership organization, the Colloquium enjoys a wide range of member hospitals each with a common shared passion: pre-eminence in caring for those with heart failure. Starting with the human person and using a relationship care model, Colloquium member hospitals work together to identify what is really important to those with heart failure throughout the entire continuum of care. The Colloquium’s approach to improvement includes traditional process improvement approaches but also embraces cultural change methods needed to navigate uncertain times faced by healthcare leadership today.
Hospitals with a substantial commitment to cardiovascular services recognize the emerging importance of heart failure. Every 53 seconds someone in America is being told for the first time that they have heart failure. With such a care burden across the country, leadership is needed from within the hospitals themselves. Hospitals with visionary leadership that seek pre-eminence in heart failure become candidates for earning Heart Failure Institute Accreditation through the Colloquium. Many of these organizations also offer heart transplant services (although this is not required). The Colloquium accredited Heart Failure Institute grows into the center of a system of heart failure care delivered by multiple hospitals over a broad geographic area. The Colloquiumâ€™s approach to regional heart failure care is the only accreditation approach consistent with the needs of accountable care organizations (ACOs).
Community hospitals with a major commitment to heart failure that seek substantial improvement in heart failure care delivery but that do not want to take on the rigor of becoming an accredited Heart Failure Institute can also benefit a great deal from Colloquium membership. This group of hospital members goes through the identical approach leading to accreditation but is more focused on Community Milestones and internal hospital improvement work. One required milestone for this group is the Heart Failure Progression and Accountable Care Milestone. The Colloquiumâ€™s approach integrates primary care physicians (My Heart Failure Medical Home Milestone), hospitalists, emergency services, and cardiology into the hospitalâ€™s own care practices. Nurses at all levels are engaged in the process. Certain nurses become heart failure nurses and become resources to others. In the end, those cared for with heart failure and their families are better for the effort
Some hospitals are not robust cardiovascular centers. They need help accomplishing these goals. This is especially true of critical access hospitals. Heart failure is everywhere. But resources to care for heart failure in smaller hospitals are not abundant.Â Each critical access hospital is aligned with a Colloquium accredited Heart Failure Institute. A relationship is forged around the various milestones with both parties contributing to the success of the initiative. The Institutes are prepared to be centers of systems of care. The critical access hospitals need specialty resources that they do not have. Together a broader population with heart failure can be successfully treated.