Conemaugh Memorial Earns Awards from American Heart Association for Cardiac and Stroke Care

August 27, 2019

Conemaugh Memorial has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation, Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award, and the Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Award.


Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation

The accreditation program — provided by the American Heart Association — recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart. The accreditation identifies healthcare facilities that meet specific criteria for lifesaving heart attack treatments that restore blood flow.

Conemaugh Memorial underwent reviews by accreditation specialists from the American Heart Association. Key areas in which Conemaugh Memorial demonstrated exceptional quality of care to receive accreditation include:

  • Expertise, facilities and equipment to perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), where a small balloon is inserted through a catheter to open narrowed or blocked blood vessels in the heart (coronary arteries)
  • PCI readiness on a 24/7 basis
  • Coordination with emergency medical services (EMS) and referring centers (non-PCI) to prepare for immediate treatment when STEMI patients arrive
  • Facilitation of STEMI patient transport participation in a multidisciplinary team with representatives from EMS, cardiac catheterization lab, quality improvement, coronary care unit, physician and nursing staff, meet regularly to identify challenges and make continuous care improvements.

“Conemaugh is thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research,” said Kerri Tononi, Executive Director of the Cardiovascular service line.  “The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation has highlighted our accomplishments as we strive to improve the overall treatment and care for our heart attack patients.”

The American Heart Association’s overall goal for Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation is to significantly reduce cardiac death in patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to early symptoms of a heart attack, reduce the time it takes to receive life-saving treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment administered.  
For more information on the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation, visit  www.heart.org/missionlifeline or www.heart.org/accreditation.


Get With the Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

For the second consecutive year, Conemaugh Memorial has earned the Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award is recognizes Conemaugh Memorial for its continued success in using the Get With the Guidelines program and 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 reducing recovery time and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.


Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Award

Conemaugh Memorial is part of an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for commitment and success in implementing a higher standards of stroke care by ensuring that every stroke patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards. Conemaugh Memorial has received this award annually since 2014.

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.

“Conemaugh Memorial 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 Leslie Moran, Director of the Neuroscience service line at Conemaugh. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

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.