December 11, 2014

Mercy Medical Center receives Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Bronze Award

Mercy Heart Center at Mercy Medical Center recently received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation recognized Mercy for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the secondary prevention guidelines for the treatment of heart failure patients.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Mercy earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include:

  • Proper use of medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital.
  • Patient education on managing heart failure and overall health before discharge. 
  • Referral for cardiac rehabilitation. 

Ahmed Sabe, M.D., medical director of Mercy Heart Center, says the heart failure program is a key component of the hospital’s comprehensive heart care services. The Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Award demonstrates Mercy’s dedication to improving quality of care–and quality of life–for heart failure patients.

Dr. Sabe says, “Implementing the American Heart Association’s program helps us accomplish this because we can track and measure our success against internationally-respected clinical guidelines. Studies show hospitals that follow Get With The Guidelines measures can reduce patients’ length of stay and 30-day readmission rates, as well as reduce differences in care.”

 According to the American Heart Association, about 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO, notes this award is one of many in the Mercy Heart Center’s ongoing efforts to deliver world-class heart care close to home for the people of Canton, Ohio, and surrounding communities.

“When patients come to Mercy Heart Center for care, they can be confident of receiving state-of-the-art treatment that also meets or exceeds national heart care guidelines,” says Cecconi.

Mercy Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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