Borgess nationally certified for advanced heart failure and advanced stroke care, as well as for hip and knee replacement

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The Joint Commission has granted disease-specific certification to Borgess Medical Center for:

  • Advanced Stroke Care
  • Advanced Heart Failure Care
  • Knee Replacement
  • Hip Replacement

With this recognition, Borgess becomes the first hospital in Michigan to be certified for Advanced Heart Failure.  Only 12 other hospitals in the entire country have this certification.

Joint Commission disease-specific certification is based on:

  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.  Joint Commission accreditation is a requirement for Medicare reimbursement. 

For Joint Commission advanced level certification, programs must meet the requirements for disease-specific certification plus additional, clinically-specific requirements and expectations.

The Borgess Heart Failure Program helps enhance patients’ quality of life by teaching them to manage their disease while remaining active and enjoying independence at home.  The program is part of the Borgess Heart Institute, one of the largest providers of cardiac care in the Midwest.  In addition to heart failure diagnosis and treatment, the Borgess Heart Institute includes:  a specialized women’s heart program, cardiac surgery, cardiology, enhanced external counter pulsation, cardiac rehabilitation and pulmonary rehabilitation.  For more information, please visit

The Borgess Stroke Center provides advanced, complete care for stroke. The Center’s comprehensive treatment for stroke includes:

  • A continuum of care that spans from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation
  • The only neuro intensive care unit in southwest Michigan
  • The only neurological rehabilitation unit in southwest Michigan
  • Highly experienced physicians and clinical staff
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • The area’s most comprehensive clinical stroke research

For more information, visit

About Borgess Health

Borgess Health is a health system that offers high quality care in such areas as cardiovascular, neurosciences, orthopedics, vascular surgery, women’s health, primary care, emergency medicine, bariatrics, imaging, and long-term acute care. Borgess Health includes Borgess Medical Center, Borgess-Pipp Hospital, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Borgess at Woodbridge Hills, Borgess Visiting Nurse & Hospice, Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice (now part of Reverence Home Health & Hospice), Borgess Staffing Solutions, Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Borgess Gardens and many additional owned or affiliated services. The 123-year-old health ministry serves residents of 10 counties. It is one of the area’s largest health care providers and also is one of the largest employers. Borgess Health is a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit health system.