Cottage Pulmonary Hypertension Center Among the First in Nation to Earn Accreditation
SANTA BARBARA – The Cottage Pulmonary Hypertension Center at Cottage Health System recently was among the first centers in the nation to earn full accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) as a Center for Comprehensive Care.
The PHA, based in Silver Spring, Md., recently accredited and announced the first six Pulmonary Hypertension Care Centers (PHCC). The program seeks to improve overall quality of care and ultimately improve outcomes of patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH), specifically pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) - a rare and debilitating disease of the lungs that affects the functioning of the heart and can lead to right heart failure. Without treatment, patients on average survive less than three years.
“Our center has been accredited at the highest level. This has been a huge undertaking by the whole team and I am grateful to everyone who helped the program to this momentous recognition,” said Dr. Jeffrey Sager, who leads the Cottage Pulmonary Hypertension Center.
PHCC accreditation signifies that a PH program has demonstrated a dedication to making proper diagnosis and capacity to appropriately and comprehensively manage PH patients through a set of criteria established by the PHA Scientific Leadership Council - 28 global leaders in the field of pulmonary hypertension. These criteria have also been developed with input from many PH stakeholders including physicians, allied health care professionals, patients and PHA leadership and are considered essential to delivering high-quality care for these complex patients.
About Cottage Health System -
The not-for-profit Cottage Health System -- the parent organization of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and its associated Cottage Children’s Hospital and Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital -- is guided by a volunteer board of directors from the greater Santa Barbara community. In 2013, the Cottage hospitals provided inpatient care for 20,000 people, treated 69,000 patients through their 24-hour emergency departments and helped deliver 2,300 newborns.