Published on October 16, 2014

Mercy Philadelphia Receives Heart Failure Quality Award

Philadelphia (October 16, 2014): Mercy Philadelphia has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

“We are proud to once again earn the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award,” said Executive Director Susan Cusack. “This award exemplifies our dedication to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients and signifies our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines.”

MPH earned the 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 proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation.

“We are pleased to recognize Mercy Philadelphia for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care.”

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

Mercy Philadelphia’s comprehensive heart and vascular services include early diagnosis and treatment, prevention, emergency heart care, cardiac testing, surgery, rehabilitation and a cardiac valve center for the early diagnosis and treatment of valvular heart disease, valve repair or replacement surgery.