Gold Standard Heart Failure Care

The Elizabeth Hospice earned Palliative/Hospice Heart Failure certification from the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health. This certification provides an evidence-based framework for evaluating palliative and hospice care agencies against the American Heart Association’s rigorous science-based standards for heart failure patients.

“This certification helps assure patients and families can have confidence that their end-of-life heart failure care is coordinated and follows the latest evidence-based guidelines,” said Rabia Malik, MD, American Heart Association volunteer expert and associate medical director at Anthem. “We’re pleased to have The Elizabeth Hospice join the national network of American Heart Association Palliative/Hospice Heart Failure certified agencies.”

The American Heart Association recognizes The Elizabeth Hospice based on professional criteria designed by heart failure and home care experts. The certification signifies that The Elizabeth Hospice’s heart failure program delivers services based on current standards aligned with the American Heart Association science and that the agency adheres to evidence-based requirements to improve care and quality of life for heart failure patients.

“We are proud to receive this certification from the American Heart Association,” said Sarah McSpadden, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Elizabeth Hospice. “The tools and resources provided by the American Heart Association help us provide education and opportunities for our agency to work toward quality efforts for our patients with heart failure. This accomplishment reflects our commitment to providing quality care.”

As the largest independent nonprofit hospice provider in California, The Elizabeth Hospice provides medical and emotional support to patients facing the challenges of an advanced, life-limiting illness and restores hope to children and adults who are grieving the death of their loved ones. Since 1978, the agency has touched the lives of more than 120,000 people in San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County.

January 6, 2023