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Mercy Receives Three Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards

Jul 27, 2018 09:58AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards in Heart Failure Care, Mission: Lifeline STEMI and NSTEMI. In achieving these three awards, the American Heart Association recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart attack and heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for patients and reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks and heart failure.

Mercy earned the AHA Get With the Guidelines® -Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

The goal of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mercy earned STEMI and NSTEMI awards by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.  

STEMI is the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.  NSTEMI implements specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer heart attacks.

“Mercy is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart attacks and heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative and Mission: Lifeline STEMI and NSTEMI's protocol by providing emergency procedures to reestablish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed,” said Diane Prieksat, Mercy's VP Professional and Quality Services. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery."

“We are pleased to recognize Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “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.”

“We commend Mercy Medical Center-Sioux City for achieving the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI and NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.