WellSpan Health recognized by American Heart Association for providing high-quality cardiovascular care
WellSpan Health recognized by American Heart Association for providing high-quality cardiovascular careYORK, PA (June 23, 2022) – Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack. WellSpan Health is ensuring its care teams are ready to step up to save lives. The health system recently received 12 American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines awards across each of its acute care hospitals for care related to heart disease and stroke. The recognition shows WellSpan’s commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of these potentially life-changing medical conditions.
“At WellSpan we know that our mission of providing high quality care involves closely adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely care for heart attacks and strokes,” said Chris Lipp, vice president of heart and vascular services, WellSpan Health. “By following the Get With The Guidelines programs, we are saving more lives, providing patients shorter recovery times, and seeing fewer readmissions in our hospitals. We want to continue to ensure that our patients are able to experience longer, healthier lives thanks to the care that our teams provide.”
Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.
WellSpan earned these awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and heart-care-related patients for varying lengths of implementation. The 12 Get With The Guidelines awards were received by the following hospitals:
WellSpan York Hospital
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence and research-based guidelines. As a participant in Get With The Guidelines programs, WellSpan hospitals qualified for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care.
“We are pleased to recognize WellSpan for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”
For more information about WellSpan’s heart care, visit WellSpan.org/Heart. For more information on stroke care services at WellSpan, visit WellSpan.org/Stroke.
About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health’s vision is to reimagine healthcare through the delivery of comprehensive, equitable health and wellness solutions throughout our continuum of care. As an integrated delivery system focused on leading in value-based care, we encompass nearly 1,900 employed providers, 220 locations, eight award-winning hospitals, home care and a behavioral health organization serving South Central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. With a team 20,000 strong, WellSpan experts provide a range of services, from wellness and employer services solutions to advanced care for complex medical and behavioral conditions. Our clinically integrated network of 2,600 aligned physicians and advanced practice providers are dedicated to providing the highest quality and safety, inspiring our patients and communities to be their healthiest.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.