WEST CHESTER, PA — Chester County Hospital has received FOUR American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based procedures for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of all American deaths, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping to ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in both Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs, Chester County Hospital qualified for the awards by demonstrating how its organization has committed to improving quality care.
“Chester County Hospital is dedicated to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes,” said Melissa Spahr RN, Coordinator at The Chester County Hospital Stroke Program. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in Chester County experience longer, healthier lives.”
This year, Chester County Hospital has received these achievement awards:
- Get With The Guidelines® – AFIB Gold
- Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure GoldPlus
- Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
- Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
- Get With The Guidelines® Stroke GoldPlus
- Target: Stroke Honor Roll
- Target: Type 2 Diabetes
- Mission Lifeline: STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus
Christopher Ware, MD, Vice-Chair of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director of the Stroke Program at Chester County Hospital. adds: “This continued success has been in the face of extreme adversity including COVID, increased volumes due to local hospital closures, ED renovations & expansions, and more. We are proud of the teams for their commitment to our patients and for their work to obtain these prestigious designations.”
“We are pleased to recognize Chester County Hospital for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, MD, FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions, and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families, and communities.”
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