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UPMC Western MD earns multiple American Heart Association awards

August 11th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

For the second year in a row, UPMC Western Maryland has received both the Mission: Lifeline® NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement Award and the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.

UPMC Western Maryland earned the NSTEMI Gold Quality Achievement award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed, and the Gold Receiving Achievement award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

“We are very proud to again be recognized by the American Heart Association for the excellent care we provide to our heart attack patients here at UPMC Western Maryland” said Christopher Haas, D.O., Chairman of Internal Medicine and Medical Director of Cardiology. “It truly is a team effort that requires excellence from multiple services, including our first responders, emergency department, nursing staff, hospitalist service, data collectors, administration, and, of course, the entire Cardiology Department. We review and discuss our processes for every emergency heart attack that comes through our door, and we fine tune even the smallest of details in order to ensure our patients receive top-notch care that meets or exceeds national standards. To receive this award multiple times from the American Heart Association is exceptional and is truly an honor shared by our entire team.”

“We commend UPMC Western Maryland for these awards in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.”

UPMC Western Maryland also has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

UPMC Western Maryland earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

“UPMC Western Maryland is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Jennifer Suter, Clinical Coordinator, Rehabilitation and Stroke program. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

“We are pleased to recognize UPMC Western Maryland for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the 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 Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


6 Responses to “UPMC Western MD earns multiple American Heart Association awards”

  1. August 11, 2020 at 10:56 am, mac said:

    I’m more interested to know bout the Covid-19 cases that were reported at UPMC Cumberland. After one initial story there has been absolutely no information about this. Number of cases? Staff or patients? Severity of the infections and any hospitalization? Ages of those people infected?
    There is an ongoing cover-up of this and it doesn’t bode well as to confidence in this local hospital.


  2. August 11, 2020 at 1:14 pm, DAVE said:

    I’m not saying that the community shouldn’t know those things BUT as a person who had a triple by-pass (here in Cumberland) and who’s wife recovered from a stroke because of the TPA that was administered at this hospital I’m more comforted by their ability to treat heart ailments and strokes than I am of their COVID infections. Last I checked the number of people that die from stroke and heart attack dwarfs the number of people who die of COVID. They deal with infectious diseases daily, I think they know how to handle them. If you don’t agree hop in your car and go else where, if you think you will live to get there.


  3. August 11, 2020 at 2:10 pm, Ron said:

    The community definitely should know about it as well as what’s being done to keep the community safe when they use the hospital.blacking out info isn’t a good thing.


    • August 11, 2020 at 2:22 pm, mac said:

      > But Dave is willing to just trust UPMC because he had a procedure there once and had a good outcome. He doesn’t seem to care that he might catch a highly contagious disease.
      I also have had surgical procedures at UPMC and had a good outcome but I’ll be damned if that is enough reason for me to just walk in the front door without knowing a lot more about the possibility of Covid-19 spreading at the hospital.


      • August 11, 2020 at 4:32 pm, DAVE said:

        You have the perfect right to choose to go to or not go to where ever you are comfortable to go. You concluded that I don’t care if I might catch a contagious disease. Those are your words not mine. The hospital is always full of contagious diseases, my point was that I’m more concerned with the quality of life saving care I will get there than whether someone there has coronavirus. If I die of a heart attack or stroke it is of little consultation that no one there has coronavirus. My point was priority, I have no problem if you don’t agree with me but please don’t attribute to me conclusions that I didn’t make. >


        • August 11, 2020 at 5:32 pm, mac said:

          > OK.


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