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

August 21, 2018

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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes four WellSpan Hospitals with annual Get With The Guidelines awards

WellSpan Health's acute-care community 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 are in recognition of the outstanding work our physicians and care teams do, day in and day out,” said Tom McGann, M.D., executive vice president for clinical practice at WellSpan Health. “Whether you’re in York or Ephrata, Gettysburg or Lebanon – our patients have access to advanced, comprehensive and integrated care for their heart and stroke needs, right here in their community.”

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 Elite
• Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement award
• Get With The Guidelines - Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement award

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

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

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

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

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital

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

“We are pleased to recognize WellSpan Health for their commitment to heart failure and stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

For more about WellSpan Heart and Vascular care, visit www.WellSpan.org/Heart.

For more about WellSpan stroke care, visit www.WellSpan.org/Stroke.

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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, 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 more than 140 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.