Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mission Heart earns Top 50 national recognition for 10th year

Mission Heart has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading authority on clinical quality. Mission Heart is one of only two hospitals in the Carolinas to receive this recognition.

This marks the tenth time Mission has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. Just five hospitals in the United States have been named to the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital list more times than Mission Heart.

“This national recognition continues to validate our commitment to provide the highest possible quality of care to patients in western North Carolina,” said Jill Hoggard Green, PhD, RN, COO of Mission Health and President of Mission Hospital and Mission Medical Associates. “This recognition reflects the dedication and skill of our cardiologists and expert caregivers who care for some of our most critically ill patients and their families. Thanks to this superior care, we are saving the lives of hundreds of people each year and improving the quality of life for heart patients in our community.”

Using publicly available data, the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals study is conducted as an annual, objective, quantitative review of hospitals that achieved superior clinical outcomes in heart care. Hospitals named to the Top 50 hospitals list are considered to provide outstanding care and set new standards in excellence for cardiovascular care.

If all cardiovascular hospitals in the United States performed at the level of Mission Heart and other Top 50 hospitals:

• Nearly 8,000 additional lives could be saved;
• Nearly 3,500 more heart patients could be complication-free;
• More than $1.3 billion could be saved.

Mission Heart also recently earned the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. The national award recognized Mission Heart’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 700,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in a coronary artery partially or completely blocks blood flow to the heart muscle. Treatment guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery, smoking cessation counseling and cardiac rehabilitation, among others.

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