Kenmore Mercy Hospital Recognized for Leadership in Heart Failure Care

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July 12, 2013

Rosanne Hemmit, American Heart Association American Stroke Association, presents Jim Millard, Janet Kay, Edward Stehlik, MD, and Jason Jankowiak with the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award.

Rosanne Hemmit, American Heart Association American Stroke Association, presents Jim Millard, Janet Kay, Edward Stehlik, MD, and Jason Jankowiak with the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award. 

Kenmore Mercy Hospital, a Catholic Health facility, has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (Kenmore Mercy Hospital Awards). Additionally, Kenmore Mercy is the only hospital in New York State to be recognized as a recipient of the Association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, for improving patient care and reducing hospital readmissions.

This recognition honors Kenmore Mercy’s commitment to high-level, consistent care of its heart failure patients using the latest clinical and scientific, evidence-based guidelines supported by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.

According to Jason Jankowiak, vice president of Catholic Health’s Cardiovascular Service Line, “Over the last several years, Kenmore Mercy Hospital has put several measures into place to support our heart failure patients after discharge, thus decreasing readmissions and improving length-of-stay and reduction in mortality rates.”  

Hospital Achieved Treatment Guidelines for Heart Failure Patients

Kenmore Mercy Hospital has reached the aggressive goal set forth by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program.

Over the last 12 months, the hospital has successfully adhered to the treatment guidelines for heart failure patients, which include aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital; and information on lifestyle changes and follow-up care before discharge. 

“This award recognizes Kenmore Mercy’s leadership in the field of heart failure and its steadfast commitment to evidence based treatments and high quality patient care,” said Edward Stehlik, chairman of Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s Internal Medicine department.

“Kenmore Mercy’s high performance in the national Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program is a critical step forward toward the prevention of recurrent hospitalizations, improved quality of life and outcomes for our heart failure patients.”

Get With the Guidelines: Improvement Program for Heart Disease and Stroke

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program for heart disease and stroke. It empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by following the most up-to-date evidence-based guidelines and equipping hospital staff with tools to care for patients to prevent future hospitalizations.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “Kenmore Mercy’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Commendation for Stroke Treatment

In May 2013, Kenmore Mercy Hospital was also recognized for its leadership in the treatment of stroke patients with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award honors Kenmore Mercy’s commitment and success in providing quality care for stroke patients.

Recognition for Sisters of Charity Hospital and Mercy Hospital

Catholic Health’s Sisters of Charity Hospital, along with its St. Joseph Campus, also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care and Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care.

In addition, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo received Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care and Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus & Target Stroke Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care.