Mercy Hospital Achieves AHA Gold Quality Awards in Stroke and Heart Failure Care

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June 6, 2014

Mercy AHA Celebration

Mercy Hospital of Buffalo is proud to announce that its healthcare staff, nurses, and physicians have achieved the following awards:

  • the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus & Target Stroke Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target Heart Failure Honor Roll 

An awards presentation and celebration was held on June 4 in the hospital rotunda.

This is the second consecutive year that Mercy Hospital has received the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target Stroke Honor Roll from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA) as part of the Get With The Guidelines® program.

To receive the Stroke Gold Plus Awards, the hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all AHA quality & achievement indicators for 24 months (two consecutive 12-month intervals), and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 stroke quality measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotic, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation and secondary stroke prevention, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to the Gold Plus award, Mercy Hospital is a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past year, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Gold Plus Quality Award demonstrates Mercy Hospital’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing excellent, proven stroke care,” said Dr. Peterkin Lee-Kwen, Director of the Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital.  “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”

Mercy is also proud to receive the Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 2014. The award signifies an 85 percent or higher adherence to all AHA heart failure quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and at least 12 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance with four or more heart failure quality measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

In addition, Mercy Hospital achieved the Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines developed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to the highest quality care for our heart failure patients,” said Avarind Herle, MD, Chief, Division of Cardiology at Mercy Hospital, “Participating in the Get With The Guidelines program is another way we can help improve the long-term outcome for our patients.”

Click here to learn more about stroke care at Catholic Health.