Hospitals land on national honor roll


The American Heart Association reports that America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers are heart disease and stroke. Photo via

Five hospitals in West Michigan have made the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s national honor roll for working to improve outcomes for heart and stroke patients.

The associations recognized the hospitals for their compliance with evidence-based guidelines through the quality-improvement program Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline.

The 2013-2014 awards acknowledge the commitment and effort hospitals have taken to improve their procedures and outcomes for cardiac and stroke patients. The five West Michigan-area organizations acknowledged for their efforts include: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo; Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo; Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids; Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming; and Spectrum Health Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids.

Launched by the AHA and ASA, the collaborative performance improvement initiative provides hospital staff with web-based patient management tools, real-time benchmarking capabilities and decision support to ensure care provided for patients is aligned with evidence-based guidelines, according to the AHA website.

The 10 different awards recognize hospitals achieving an honor roll, bronze award, silver performance award, gold level award, and a plus award. A bronze level acknowledges a hospital’s effort to comply with specific guidelines for 90 consecutive days.

Those that maintain compliance with recommended guidelines 85 percent of the time for 12 months receive a silver performance award, while gold level hospitals have adhered to the key measures for 24 consecutive months. A plus award designates the organization as achieving 75 percent compliance with module specific measures for 12 consecutive months, according to the press release. 

The GWTG awards included: Stroke Silver Plus to Bronson Methodist Hospital and Saint Mary’s Health Care; Heart Failure Gold Plus to Borgess Medical Center; and Heart Failure Silver to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Spectrum Health Grand Rapids.

Hospitals qualifying for a Target: Stroke Honor Roll award include Bronson and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s for reducing the time patients receive prompt treatment from the moment they enter the door. The Target: Heart Failure Award recognized Borgess for reducing the number of heart failure readmissions.

Metro Health received a Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Receiving award, and Bronson was acknowledged with a Bronze Plus Receiving award. The receiving plus award is granted to hospitals that were able to achieve a first door to device time of 120 minutes or less for transfers.

GWTG has impacted more than 4 million patients since 2001 and includes areas in cardiac treatment, such as atrial fibrillation, which can lead to heart-related complications; heart failure; resuscitation; and stroke. As part of the quality improvement initiative, Mission: Lifeline was created due to missed opportunities for appropriate treatment of a type of heart attack known as STEMI.

Hospitals included in the 2013-2014 honor roll will receive national recognition at different conferences and are featured in the August edition of U.S. News & Report’s “Best Hospitals” issue.

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