Congratulations to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and Plano for winning prestigious awards for your heart and stroke care! These hospitals and six other Texas Health hospitals and joint ventures were recently recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for their advanced care for heart and stroke patients.
These hospitals, as well as five other facilities, were recognized with Mission Lifeline awards for heart attack treatment. Additionally, Texas Health Dallas joins four other facilities in receiving the Get With the Guidelines awards for stroke and/or heart failure care. (Both sets of awards were for data submitted during 2019.)
Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease combined, according to the American Heart Association. Cardiovascular disease accounted for more than 17.5 million deaths in the U.S. during 2017. By 2030, that statistic is expected to increase to more than 22 million.
“With cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in North Texas, these prestigious recognitions highlighted by the American Heart Association emphasize Texas Health’s strong commitment to treating patients living with chronic diseases,” said Kirk King, Texas Health’s executive vice president and hospital channel chief operating officer, in a recent press release. “Texas Health will continuously focus on providing North Texans with resources to treat, manage and even prevent cardiovascular disease’s negative impact on each consumer’s quality of life.”
The awards for heart attack care were based on participation and achievement in the Mission: Lifeline program (subcategorized by STEMI and NSTEMI). STEMI stands for ST elevation myocardial infarction, a lethal type of heart attack that involves full blockage of the coronary artery. NSTEMI is a non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, which is normally less damaging to the heart and is a partial blockage of the coronary artery or blockage of a minor heart blood vessel. The AHA awards recognize the Texas Health facilities for their commitment to treatment guidelines and quality improvement for both.
For the Mission Lifeline (STEMI) award, Texas Health Dallas received the Silver Plus award and Texas Health Plano received the Gold Plus award.
The Get With The Guidelines awards recognize a hospital’s commitment to providing stroke and heart failure treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. The goal is to expedite recovery and reduce hospital readmissions for stroke and heart failure patients. To highlight facilities offering advanced care for patients with heart failure and/or stroke and Type 2 diabetes, the AHA created the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll last year. This recognition allows Get With The Guidelines award recipients to also be acknowledged for compliance measures tailored to patients with Type 2 diabetes.
Texas Health Dallas received the Gold Plus, Target Stroke Honor Roll and Target Type 2 Diabets Honor Roll award levels within the 2020 Get With the Guidelines Stroke Award.
To earn Get With The Guidelines recognition, hospitals must meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and heart failure patients at a designated level for a set period (24 consecutive months for gold, 12 months for silver and three months for bronze). These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with current, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before leaving the hospital, patients should receive education on managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit, along with providing additional care-transition resources.
Congratulations again on these award winners!