American Heart Association gives St. Rita's AHA Training Center 100 percent scores across the board

(Lima, May 8, 2015) St. Rita’s Health Partners received perfect scores from the American Heart Association (AHA) during the audit of the hospital’s AHA-certified training center in April. St. Rita’s has been an AHA-certified training center since 1988. AHA Training Center Coordinator Joy Fishpaw was a key player in St. Rita’s AHA certification, and has continued to lead the program in its development. According to Fishpaw, “Being AHA certified allows us to teach our team the best evidence-based resuscitation and life-saving outcomes. We are teaching them how to save lives, and doing it the right way; that’s what it’s all about.”

As an AHA-certified training center, St. Rita’s is specialized to educate nurses and clinicians in three AHA disciplines: basic life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Every two years, AHA faculty visits the certified training centers to evaluate the programs for recertification and to ensure that the training center is following AHA guidelines.

St. Rita’s received the following scores from the American Heart Association:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) = 100% AHA alignment
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) = 100% AHA alignment
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) = 100% AHA alignment

According to Joy Fishpaw, this achievement is a testament to the dedication of our instructors and care providers at St. Rita’s. “Receiving such remarkable scores from AHA isn’t something we can do the day the evaluator comes to visit; it takes a lot of hard work and preparation beforehand. These life-saving practices and concepts are engrained in our team.”