Bryan, TX, August 31, 2021 —St. Joseph Health recently earned seven accolades from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Regional Hospital was awarded the Get With The Guidelines ® - Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite Plus award, the Mission: Lifeline® - STEMI Receiving Center – GOLD PLUS award, the Mission: Lifeline® - NSTEMI – GOLD award, and the Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure GOLD PLUS award. College Station Hospital has been awarded the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke SILVER PLUS with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, the Mission: Lifeline® - STEMI Receiving Center – SILVER PLUS award, and the Mission: Lifeline® - NSTEMI – BRONZE award.
“St. Joseph Health is proud of our continued efforts to meet and exceed quality measures so that we are able to deliver quality care for our heart attack, heart failure and stroke patients,” said Theron Park, St. Joseph Health President & CEO. “Our teams are dedicated to serving the Brazos Valley, and these significant recognitions showcase their hard work and commitment to excellence in patient care.”
The American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting when 9-1-1 is called, to EMS transport to continuing through hospital treatment and discharge, as optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination at the individual hospital, EMS, and system level.
St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital received the Mission Lifeline® - STEMI Receiving Center – GOLD PLUS recognition and St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline® - STEMI Receiving Center – SILVER PLUS recognition for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. This means the organization meets specific standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to reestablish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility. St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline® - NSTEMI – GOLD recognition and St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline® - NSTEMI – BRONZE for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.
The American Heart Association’s Heart Failure award recognizes hospitals’ commitments to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital earned the Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure GOLD PLUS 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 evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke award was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients. St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital earned the Get With The Guidelines ® - Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite Plus award and St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital earned the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke SILVER PLUS with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award by demonstrating commitment to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. This program is used widely by more than 1,500 hospitals across the country.
About Get With The Guidelines:
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.
About St. Joseph Health:
Central to our Mission, St. Joseph Health is committed to providing the Brazos Valley and surrounding counties with the most advanced cardiovascular and stroke treatment options, the highest quality of diagnostic testing and the most personalized care to promote a longer, healthier and happier life.
- St. Joseph Health became the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in the region in 2006. Now a Joint Commission Certified Chest Pain Center, St. Joseph remains committed to providing exceptional cardiovascular care.
- St. Joseph Health is Joint Commission Certified as a Primary Heart Attack Center. This certification has a focus on symptom onset and first medical contact (pre-hospital and upon arrival), emergency medical services, the emergency department, as well as catheterization laboratories and inpatient settings
- As the region’s only Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center with Intervention Capabilities, St. Joseph is able to offer advanced stroke treatment to qualifying patients. With the ability to provide mechanical endovascular repair, is the only hospital in the Brazos Valley with the capability to treat new onset ischemic strokes up to 24 hours after onset of symptoms for qualifying patients.
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