Two Louisville hospitals recognized for Quality Heart and Stroke Care by the American Heart Association

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 23, 2018)Jewish Hospital and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, both part of KentuckyOne Health, have received multiple awards from the American Heart Association.

Jewish Hospital earned:

  • 2018 Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Recognition Award
  • Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital earned:

  • Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

The hospitals earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other treatments, aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for patients.

“We are pleased to recognize Jewish Hospital and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital for their commitment to quality heart 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 our quality improvement initiatives can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

“Jewish Hospital and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart and stroke patients,” said Ron Waldrige, MD, president of Jewish Hospital. “We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for outstanding achievement.”

 “We’re proud to offer our community nationally recognized care close to home,” said Charlie Powell, president of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. “These awards are the result of a lot of dedication among our entire team to ensure patients get the quality care they deserve.”

According to the American Heart 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.