Anthony Charles, MD, MPH
Anthony Charles, MD, MPH

The ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care. UNC’s ECMO Director is Anthony Charles, MD, MPH.

Congratulations to the ECMO program at UNC Medical Center. It has received the Gold Level ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support. This is an outstanding achievement by the center and is awarded on behalf of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.

The ELSO Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes those centers worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures, and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care.

ELSO’s goal is to recognize and honor ECLS programs that reach the highest level of performance, innovation, and quality. The ECMO program at UNC Medical Center achieved this honor by demonstrating excellence in patient care by using the highest quality measures, evidence-based processes, training, education, collaboration, and communication that contribute to a healing environment for families, patients, and staff.

The ELSO Award signifies to patients and families a commitment to exceptional patient care. It also demonstrates to the health care community an assurance of high-quality standards, specialized equipment and supplies, defined patient protocols, and advanced education of all staff members.

“The UNC ECMO Department is a team of Physicians, Surgeons, Respiratory Therapists, Registered Nurses, and Perfusionists dedicated to providing ECMO support for infants, children, and adults experiencing acute cardiorespiratory failure. ECMO allows time for the patient’s lungs or heart to heal over a period of time by using a heart-lung machine to oxygenate the blood outside the body.” Anne Anderson, BSN, RN, Pediatric ECMO Coordinator, UNC ECMO Department.

“We are honored to be the recipient of such a prestigious award regarding the critical care services and life support equipment and training provided to our patients,” said Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, Director of the UNC ECMO Program. “The Gold Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes those centers that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training, and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care. The ECMO Center accomplishments reflect the dedication to advancing health care that we continuously strive to achieve at UNC.”