Published on June 07, 2017

Mercy Recognized for Superior Heart-Failure Treatment

GWTG Gold 2017Philadelphia, Pa. (June 7, 2017): Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia each earned a Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (AHA). The award recognizes a hospital’s dedication to improving the quality of care for heart-failure patients.

“I’m thrilled our teams earned this distinction for a second consecutive year,” said Jose Missri, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia. “Our promise to the communities we serve is to provide the most compassionate, affordable and trusted care possible. This achievement marks another step on the journey to fulfill that promise.”

Get With the Guidelines aims to help hospital teams speed up patient recovery times and reduce 30-day readmission rates. To receive AHA Gold status, hospitals must adhere to rigorous measures for diagnosis and treatment of heart-failure patients for at least two consecutive years. Hospitals must accurately measure patient evaluations, properly prescribe medications and practice aggressive risk-reduction therapies.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States currently suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to 8 million by 2030. Each year, 870,000 U.S. adults experience heart failure, and nearly 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, with proper medication, therapy and lifestyle changes, heart-failure patients can lead full, enjoyable lives.