ECMO Program Recognized as Center of Excellence
The ECMO Program of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received the 2014 Excellence in Life Support Award from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). This award designates the program as a Center of Excellence. The WFBMC ECMO program has been designated an ELSO Center of Excellence since 2009.
The Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes ECLS
programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures
and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care in
extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.
WFBMC has been recognized by ELSO as an ECLS program
which has reached the highest level of performance, innovation, satisfaction
A designated Center of Excellence has demonstrated
extraordinary achievement in the following three categories:
- Excellence in promoting the mission, activities, and
vision of ELSO
- Excellence in patient care by using the highest quality
measures, processes, and structures based upon evidence
- Excellence in
training, education, collaboration, and communication that supports ELSO
guidelines and contributes to a healing environment.
The ELSO Award signifies a
commitment to exceptional patient care. It also demonstrates an assurance of high quality standards, specialized equipment and
supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff
The ELSO Award of Excellence is recognized by the US News
and World Report and Parents magazine as one criteria for top institutions.