Mercy Heart Center Earns Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Plus Achievement Award - Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Heart Center Earns Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Plus Achievement Award

Posted on: December 30, 2015

Mercy Medical Center Heart Center has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Mercy 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 patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other transition interventions.

Ahmed Sabe, MD, medical director of Mercy Heart Center, says the heart failure program is a key component of the hospital’s comprehensive heart care services. The Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure award demonstrates Mercy’s dedication to improving quality of care – and quality of life – for heart failure patients.

“Implementing the American Heart Association’s program helps us accomplish this because we can track and measure our success against internationally-respected clinical guidelines. Studies show hospitals that follow Get With The Guidelines® can reduce patients’ length of stay and 30-day readmission rates, as well as reduce differences in care,” said Dr. Sabe.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

Tom Cecconi, Mercy president and CEO, notes this award is one of many in Mercy Heart Center’s ongoing efforts to deliver world-class heart care close to home for the people of Stark County and surrounding communities.

“When patients come to Mercy Heart Center for care, they can be confident of receiving state-of-the-art treatment that also meets or exceeds national heart care guidelines,” said Cecconi. For more information on Mercy Heart Center, visit, For additional information on Get With The Guidelines®, visit

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Mercy Medical Center has a history of pioneering excellence in heart care. Nationally recognized as a heart care leader, the impressive lists of “Firsts” include the world’s first angioplasty performed in an emergency department, the nation’s first Accredited Chest Pain Center and Stark County’s first Chest Pain Center certified to perform angioplasty 24/7. Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center is home to a Cardiac Catheterization Lab where door-to-balloon angioplasty has been performed in less than five minutes. This cath lab allows Mercy to dramatically reduce the time between heart attack and life-saving angioplasty. Mercy has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Level Award four consecutive times since 2012, including two GOLD PLUS awards; has been named a Top 50 Heart Hospital in the US for six years by Truven Health Analytics; and has earned the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s Platinum Performance Achievement Award twice.

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