Tuesday, July 5

Mountain Health Network hospitals earn national recognition for stroke and heart failure care

St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) and Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH), members of Mountain Health Network (MHN), have again received a number of American Heart Association Achievement Awards in recognition of providing high-quality stroke and heart failure care.

SMMC, home of the MHN Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, received the following American Heart Association quality achievement awards:

Stroke Care

Gold Plus Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke (12th consecutive year)

Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Advanced Therapy

Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Heart Failure Care

Gold Plus Get With the Guidelines® – Heart Failure (9th consecutive year)

Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll

Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Cardiac Arrest Care

Gold Get With the Guidelines – Resuscitation Award (9th consecutive year)

CHH received the following American Heart Association stroke care quality achievement awards:

Gold Plus Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke (9th consecutive year)

Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in the Get With The Guidelines programs, SMMC and CHH qualified for the awards by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care.

“Mountain Health Network is committed to providing the most appropriate, high-quality care for our stroke and heart failure patients to provide the best possible outcomes and quality of life,” said Hoyt Burdick, MD, chief medical officer, MHN. “We are extremely pleased that the American Heart Association has recognized that commitment and the dedication of our stroke and heart failure teams with these awards.”

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

“We are pleased to recognize Mountain Health Network for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, MD, FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

For more information about stroke and heart failure care at CHH and SMMC, visit www.cabellhuntington.org or www.st-marys.org.