St. Mary’s Medical Center has received both the American Heart Association’s
Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Gold Plus and Stroke Gold
Plus achievement awards. Both awards recognize St. Mary’s commitment
to ensuring heart failure and stroke patients receive the most appropriate
treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines
founded in the latest scientific evidence.
St. Mary’s Medical Center earned these awards by meeting specific
quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart
stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include
evaluation of the proper use of medications, aggressive risk-reduction
therapies, and other treatments. Before discharge, patients also receive
education on managing their overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled,
as well as other care transition interventions.
Additionally, St. Mary’s has been recognized on the association’s
Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific
criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up
care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce
hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life
in managing this chronic condition.
“We are pleased to recognize St. Mary’s Medical Center for
their commitment to heart failure and stroke care,” said Lee H.
Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee
and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services,
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research
has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get
With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer
readmissions and lower mortality rates.”