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Collaborative Partnerships Lead to National Recognition – Again

Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center recently earned national recognition for its commitment to delivering a higher standard of patient care.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association approved St. Joseph Medical Center for the Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that every stroke patient receives treatment according to nationally accepted recommendations and standards.

“We have been Gold Plus for years, but 2019 was the first year we achieved Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite,” says Wendy Clayton, clinical program coordinator, quality and performance improvement. “It was the result of great work on the part of our Emergency department, the physicians, the nursing staff and our EMS partners. We improved our processes, but it is really about that collaborative relationship between all key partners.”

St. Joseph Medical Center also earned the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® — Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll award. Once again, while the hospital previously has earned the Gold Plus recognition for treating heart failure patients, this is the first year it achieved the Honor Roll award.

The American Heart Association also renewed St. Joseph Medical Center’s Mission Lifeline® Heart Attack Receiving Center Accreditation. The three-year accreditation 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.

“We are thoroughly committed to providing our patients the highest quality cardiac care centered on current scientific research,” Clayton says. “Having this accreditation renewed highlights our accomplishments, as we strive to improve the overall treatment and care for our heart attack patients.”


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