Ascension Saint Thomas Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular and Neurology Treatment

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Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, Midtown and West campuses, and Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford have received 5 American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular and neurology patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

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 in Get With The Guidelines programs, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital, Midtown and West campuses, and Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

“Ascension Saint Thomas is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after cardiovascular events,” said Dr. Lafranchise. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get with the Guidelines programs help put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients.”

This year, Ascension Saint Thomas received the following Achievement Awards:

  • GWTG Stroke Award (AHA)

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West

  • Gold Plus

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West

  • Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West

  • Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West

  • Target Stroke Advanced Therapy Honor Roll

    • Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital West

“We are pleased to recognize Ascension Saint Thomas 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.”