Doylestown Health has a long history of earning achievement awards for the care it provides the community. These awards not only signal the highest quality care for patients, but highlight the commitment of the entire Doylestown Health team of care providers to provide the safest, fastest care possible.
Doylestown Hospital recently earned two national designations that affirm the quality of its cardiac program and the outstanding care it provides the community.
- Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI by the American College of Cardiology
- The American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline ® Heart Attack Receiving Accreditation
Earning dual accreditation for the Chest Pain program is a significant accomplishment that further establishes Doylestown Health as a leader in cardiac care both regionally and nationally.
So, what do these awards mean?
According to Eleanor Wilson, COO executive director of Doylestown Health's Heart Institute: "The dual accreditation awards reflect adherence to the standards of both the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for Chest Pain Centers. These standards are stretch goals and require significant collaboration between the Emergency Department, the Cardiac Cath Lab and Emergency Medical Services (EMS)."
Doylestown Hospital and EMS (the ambulances and emergency personnel who respond to 9-1-1 calls) continue to collaborate closely on how emergency calls for suspected heart attack are handled. Ambulance squads are able to transmit EKGs to the Doylestown Hospital Emergency Department to confirm that a patient is having a heart attack. This sets in motion a series of protocols to prepare the hospital team for the arrival of the patient, saving precious time to save more heart muscle. The message to community members: if you're experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away. Do not drive to the hospital.
Eleanor continues, "A large component of the standards involve educating community members regarding what to do if they experience chest pain. The standards are also prescriptive regarding follow-up care for low-risk chest pain patients. They require communication between hospital and Primary Care and Cardiology offices. Achieving this accreditation shows the commitment of the Heart Institute team to the coordination of care along the continuum."
A lot goes on behind the scenes to achieve national recognition awards. Doylestown Hospital recently received several awards that highlight the constant effort to adhere to best practices and reach goals outlined by the organizations that set the standards for care.
Doylestown Hospital received the following through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® program:
- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Elite Plus – seventh consecutive year
- Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll – sixth consecutive year
- Resuscitation Gold Plus Award (adult) – an elevation from last year's gold level
- AFIB Bronze Quality Achievement Award – our first year for this award
Doylestown Hospital received the following award for treatment of heart attack as part of the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® program:
- Gold Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award – an elevation from last year's gold level
Doylestown Hospital received the American College of Cardiology's:
- NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.
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 quickening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has affected the lives of more than 6 million patients in the U.S. since 2001.
ACTION Registry empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patients according to the most current, science-based guidelines and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety and outcomes of care provided for patients with heart disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients.
Doylestown Hospital is one of only 203 hospitals nationwide to receive American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2018.
The bottom line? Patients and families can rest assured that Doylestown Hospital is following evidence-based guidelines for providing the best care possible. For heart failure patients, that means fewer readmissions to the hospital and increased quality of life. For stroke patients, the goal is to maintain quality of life and overall function. And for heart attack patients, that means saving as much heart muscle as possible, optimizing the cardiac rehab program to prevent another heart attack, and educating patients about heart health for the long term.
"I am really proud of all members of the Heart team for achieving these honors," says Eleanor.
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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 Richard A. Reif Heart Institute is dedicated to providing the highest level of quality care and patient safety.