Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital Earns Heart Failure Certification from The Joint Commission

Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Fairfield Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Heart Failure Certification. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 


Fairfield Hospital is the first and only hospital in Butler County to earn this Certification. It joins Mercy Health – West Hospital, which earned Advanced Certification in Heart Failure, in securing recognition from The Joint Commission. In January, Fairfield Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation.


Fairfield Hospital underwent a rigorous on-site review of its heart failure care program. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with heart failure-specific requirements. They also assessed clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.


Established in 2002 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification evaluates clinical programs across the continuum of care and addresses three core areas:

  • compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
  • an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

“Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital has thoroughly demonstrated a high level of care for patients with heart failure,” said Patrick Phelan, executive director, Hospital Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Fairfield Hospital for becoming a leader in heart failure care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for patients with the condition in its community.”


"It’s a great honor to receive Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Tom Urban, Mercy Health North Market President and CEO. “Our heart failure care team did an outstanding job earning this certification, which provides us with the framework to continue growing a culture of excellence for those in our community.”  


Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at