Complex Care Hospital at Tenaya Earns Heart Failure Certification


Hospital is one of a few in Nevada to earn prestigious designation from The Joint Commission

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – May 3, 2019. Complex Care Hospital at Tenaya
 announced today it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Certification for Heart Failure. The certification is a symbol of the level of quality and clinical excellence the hospital’s Heart Failure program demonstrates. The 70-bed hospital is one of a few hospitals in the state of Nevada to earn this certification.

To qualify for this award, Complex Care Hospital at Tenaya underwent a rigorous on-site review, where a Joint Commission surveyor reviewed clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. 

“We are pleased to be recognized statewide for our efforts to provide patient-centered care to those individuals who are diagnosed with Heart Failure,” said Robin Hager, chief executive officer and administrator at Complex Care Hospital at Tenaya. “Our expert Heart Failure team – including registered nurses, respiratory therapists, physical, occupational and speech therapists, dietitians, case managers, and pharmacists – evaluates heart patients and develops a comprehensive plan of heart care for both the patient and family. The program aims to help reduce the number of unplanned hospital admissions, decrease the length of time spent in the hospital, decrease overall costs related to the disease process and improving the patients’ quality of life.”

The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification, which is awarded for a two-year period, 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

According to the American Heart Association, it is estimated nearly six million adults have heart failure in the United States. And, one in nine deaths in 2009 included heart failure as a contributing cause. Major risk factors for heart failure include coronary heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. The prevalence of heart failure is rising among the aging population.


Common symptoms of heart failure include:

  • Shortness of breath during daily activities
  • Having trouble breathing when lying down
  • Weight gain with swelling in the feet, legs, ankles or stomach
  • Generally feeling tired or weak

Complex Care Hospital at Tenaya’s Congestive Heart Failure program is led by Dr. Suhattai Gamnerdsiri, a board-certified cardiologist with nearly 30 years of experience. The program specializes in the treatment of complex medical patients who have a history of heart failure with co-existing co-morbidities, including complex wounds and respiratory failure.

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