May 9, 2014
Dr. Guy McCrea, chief of cardiology, Jason Jankowiak, Catholic Health vice president of Cardiovascular Service Line, Julia LaManna, senior director, cardiac services at Mercy Hospital, Amy Baker, cardiac clinical advisor, and Jim Millard, president & CEO, accept the Gold Plus Award for Heart Failure.
Kenmore Mercy Hospital is proud to receive both the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus & Target Stroke Honor Roll, as well as Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target Heart Failure Honor Roll Awards in 2014.
This is the second consecutive year that Kenmore Mercy Hospital has received the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the Get With The Guidelines® program. It is also the first year that the hospital has been recognized for achieving the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations’ Target Stroke Honor Roll.
To receive the Stroke Gold Plus Awards, Kenmore Mercy Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality & Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-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, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“We are dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said George Kalonaros, Kenmore Mercy’s chair of neurology and director of stroke. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”
Kenmore Mercy Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Over the past 12 months, 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.
Kenmore Mercy is proud to have received the Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in 2014. In 2013, the hospital received the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award and was the only hospital in New York State to be recognized as a recipient of the Association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.
To receive the Heart Failure Gold Plus from the American Heart Association, Kenmore Mercy reported 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and have achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance with four or more Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
Kenmore Mercy also received 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.
“Kenmore Mercy Hospital is committed to improving the long-term outcome for our patients,” said Harry E. McCrea, III, MD, chief of the Cardiology Department, “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program is helping us accomplish this goal.”