May 12, 2020

Mercy Medical Center recognized for excellence with American College of Cardiology Heart Failure Accreditation

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has recognized Mercy Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with heart failure.

Mercy was awarded Heart Failure Accreditation in April based on a rigorous review of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with heart failure through pre-hospital care, early stabilization, acute care, transitional care, clinical quality measures and more.

Heart failure is a condition where the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen.

Hospitals that employ an evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to managing heart failure have been able to reduce time to treatment, and are able to identify and predict high-risk patients while also reducing length-of-stay and hospital readmissions.

“Mercy Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to providing Stark, Carroll and Tuscarawas counties and surrounding communities with excellent heart care,” said Phillip D. Levy, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Accreditation Management Board. “ACC Accreditation Services is proud to award Mercy Medical Center with Heart Failure Accreditation.”

Hospitals receiving Heart Failure Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves: completing a gap analysis; examining variances of care, developing an action plan; a rigorous review; and monitoring for sustained success. Improved methods and strategies of caring for patients include streamlining processes, implementing of guidelines and standards, and adopting best practices in the precise care of heart failure patients. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education, improved patient outcomes, and more effective and efficient disease control.

“Mercy is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients so we are very pleased to again earn the American College of Cardiology’s Heart Failure Accreditation,” said Ahmed Sabe, M.D., president, The Heart Hospital at Mercy Medical Center. “This accreditation is a testament to our dedication and achievements in cardiac care and I am very proud of our team.”

About The Heart Hospital at Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center has a history of pioneering excellence in heart care. Nationally recognized as a heart care leader, the impressive lists of “Firsts” include the world’s first angioplasty performed in an emergency department, the nation’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab where door-to-balloon angioplasty has been performed in less than five minutes. This cath lab allows Mercy to dramatically reduce the time between heart attack and life-saving angioplasty. Mercy has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Level Award five consecutive times since 2012, including two GOLD PLUS awards; has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital in the US for six years by Truven Health Analytics; and has earned the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award twice.

About Mercy Medical Center
Mercy Medical Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, operates a 476-bed hospital serving Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Tuscarawas Counties and parts of Southeastern Ohio. It has 620 members on its Medical Staff and employs 2,500 people. Mercy operates outpatient health centers in Alliance, Carroll County, Jackson Township, Lake Township, Louisville, Massillon, North Canton, Plain Township and Tuscarawas County. A Catholic hospital, Mercy Medical Center upholds the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and continues to be responsive to the needs of the community. For more information, see cantonmercy.org.

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