Little Egg Harbor skilled nursing facility earns AHA certification 

Building on its commitment to comprehensive care and services, Seacrest Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Little Egg Harbor said it recently earned the American Heart Association’s new Skilled Nursing Facility Heart Failure Center Certification. Located at 1001 Center St., Seacrest provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.

The world’s leading nonprofit focused on heart and brain health, the AHA has invested more than $4.8 billion in research since its founding. Evaluation criteria for its new skilled nursing certification — earned by less than 1% of skilled nursing facilities nationwide, to date — was designed by heart failure experts. Certification requirements include program management, personnel education, clinical management, care coordination and performance improvement, as well as patient and caregiver education and support.

“This advanced certification provides heart patients with the assurance that Seacrest is recognized by the AHA for delivering the most effective heart failure treatment strategies, based on a standardized method of current evidence-based guidelines,” Pam Montemurno, regional director of market development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports the facility, said. “These specific care strategies and services are aimed at improving outcomes for those with chronic heart failure and its comorbidities, as well as reducing readmissions.”

Seacrest, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar enhancement, carries a five-star designation from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for both overall quality and quality of resident care.