Published on October 24, 2018

Quality care you can count on

Mercy earns top honors for heart failure and stroke care

GWTG 2018 HF logoAt first glance, it might not seem as though heart failure and stroke have much in common. Heart failure is a chronic condition in which an increasingly weak heart can’t pump as well as it should. A stroke, on the other hand, is a medical emergency in which blood flow to the brain is cut off.

Still, both require expert medical care. And that’s just what you can count on at Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia and Nazareth Hospital. In June, each earned two top honors for their commitment to speeding the recovery of heart failure and stroke patients. Nazareth earned:

  • The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • The American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Saving lives, preventing readmissions

GWTG 2018 Stroke logoThese awards affirm that our hospitals follow the latest scientific treatment guidelines for heart failure and stroke. To earn the awards, each hospital met specific quality achievement measures for diagnosing and treating both conditions.

Studies show that when hospitals meet these measures, mortality rates for heart failure and stroke patients often drop. So do hospital readmissions.

Here are some of the quality measures our hospitals met:

  • For both heart failure and stroke patients, the proper use of medications, as well as care to make the transition to home safer and smoother
  • For heart failure patients, aggressive treatments to reduce the risk of flare-ups and complications
  • For stroke patients, treatments matched with guidelines that reduce the risk of both death and disability

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients by implementing the Get With The Guidelines initiatives for heart failure and stroke patients,” says Sharon Carney, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic.