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WellSpan Health honored with nine awards for achievement in heart, stroke care

August 24, 2017

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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes four WellSpan Hospitals

WellSpan Health's acute-care hospitals recently received a combined total of nine American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) awards. The awards recognize the hospitals’ achievements in stroke and heart-related care.

“These awards represent WellSpan’s commitment to providing exceptional patient care. Our teams do a phenomenal job providing personalized care to stroke and heart failure patients every day, and these accolades highlight their tireless efforts,” said Julie Miksit, vice president of heart and vascular services, WellSpan Health.

Get With The Guidelines offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines that can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall health care costs by lowering readmission rates for patients with stroke and heart-related needs.

The nine Get With the Guidelines awards were received by the following hospitals:

WellSpan York Hospital

  • Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award and recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines - Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement award
  • Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement award
  • Get With The Guidelines - Atrial Fibrillation Silver Quality Achievement award

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

  • Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement award

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

  • Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement award and was recognized on the Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award and was recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital

  • Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement award
  • Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award and was recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

WellSpan earned these awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and heart-care-related patients for varying lengths of implementation.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize WellSpan Health for its commitment to heart failure and stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

For more information about WellSpan’s heart and stroke care, visit www.WellSpan.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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.