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Doylestown Hospital Earns National Awards for Excellence in Cardiovascular and Stroke Care

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Categories: Heart Stroke
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Doylestown Hospital again earned national recognition for quality and patient safety in the delivery of stroke and cardiovascular care, including several awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the American College of Cardiology.

From the American College of Cardiology, Doylestown Hospital received:

  • NCDR Chest Pain ΜΆ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award

From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program, Doylestown Hospital received:

  • Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite
  • Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll Award
  • Resuscitation Gold Plus Award (Adult)

Doylestown Hospital received the following awards for treatment of heart attack as part of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program:

  • NSTEMI Gold Achievement Award
  • STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Achievement Award

“These awards recognize the unwavering commitment to excellence of our physicians, nurses and technicians who strive daily to provide the best and safest care for our patients,” said Scott Levy, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Doylestown Health. “The coordination of care across the health system and the collaboration of staff to ensure quality and compassionate services improves outcomes for our patients and, ultimately, these high marks from national organizations that define quality.”

Doylestown Hospital received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain— MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2020. Doylestown Hospital is one of only 140 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

To receive the Chest Pain—MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Doylestown Hospital demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain—MI Registry for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019), and performed at the highest level for specific performance measures. Full participation in the registry engages hospitals in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements in adherence to guideline recommendations and overall quality of care provided to heart attack patients.

Doylestown Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Doylestown Hospital also received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Doylestown Hospital also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

In addition, Doylestown Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment 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.

Doylestown Hospital is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific 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.

Doylestown Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Plus Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital. Doylestown Hospital received the award for meeting specific measures in treating adult patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests in the hospital. To receive this award a hospital must comply with the quality measures for one year.

Doylestown Hospital received the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Doylestown Hospital earned the award by 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.

About The American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. As the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, the mission of the College and its 54,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC bestows credentials upon cardiovascular professionals who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College also provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. For more, visit acc.org.

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 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.

About Doylestown Health's Heart & Vascular Services

Expert cardiologists and cardiac surgeons assist patients and physicians with managing risk factors for heart disease, offer advanced treatment options and provide outstanding emergency cardiac care. Doylestown Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center is fully prepared to treat cardiac emergencies around the clock, focusing on rapid diagnosis and effective treatment. The multidisciplinary team at the Woodall Center for Heart and Vascular Care is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.

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