Doylestown Hospital Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular Treatment

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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 and the American College of Cardiology.

Doylestown Hospital received the American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

“Doylestown Hospital is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcome, and implementing these quality programs helps us accomplish this as our teams put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” said Scott Levy, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Doylestown Health. “These guidelines require precision and coordination of the stroke, cardiovascular, emergency department, critical care, hospitalist and pharmacy teams to deliver timely care and improved outcomes for our patients.”

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant both Mission: Lifeline/Get With The Guidelines programs, Doylestown Hospital applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

This year, Doylestown Hospital received the following Achievement Awards:

  • Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite
  • Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines® Resuscitation Gold Award (Adult) for treating in-hospital cardiac arrest

For treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks:

  • Mission: Lifeline® - STEMI Receiving Center – Gold
  • Mission: Lifeline® - NSTEMI – Gold

From the American College of Cardiology:

  • NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry™ 2021 Platinum Performance Achievement Award
    • Doylestown Hospital is one of only 212 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“We are pleased to recognize Doylestown Hospital for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

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.

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

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiologyenvisions 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.

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