Conemaugh Memorial Accepts National Awards for Clinical Excellence

August 16, 2018

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center proudly accepted four national awards for clinical excellence from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The awards are:

  • Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold PLUS Quality Achievement Award
  • Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award
  • Get With the Guidelines – Resuscitation Bronze Quality Achievement Award for the Adult Patient Population
  • 2018 Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Recognition Award

“At Conemaugh Health System, we embrace our unique role in enhancing the health of the population.” says Dr. Susan Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Conemaugh Health System. “Every interaction with a patient and their family, a community member, or an emergency medical technician is an opportunity to reduce mortality from stroke and heart attack. These awards recognize the milestones we’re making toward a healthier community.”


Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold PLUS Quality Achievement Award

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center 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.

Conemaugh Memorial 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.

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.


Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Conemaugh Memorial earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.


Get With the Guidelines – Resuscitation Bronze Quality Achievement Award for the Adult Patient Population

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Bronze Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.

Conemaugh Memorial is awarded for meeting specific measures in treating adult in-hospital cardiac arrest patients. To receive the award, a hospital must comply with the quality measures for one quarter (four months).

Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association’s National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation originally launched in 1999 and has collected in-hospital arrest data from more than 500 hospitals. Data from the registry and the quality program give participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practice and patient outcomes. The data also help improve research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.


2018 Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Bronze Recognition Award

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze 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.

Conemaugh Memorial earned the 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.