Is your heart in good hands?

“Take care of your heart and it will take care of you.”  That’s good advice anytime but especially in February during American Heart Month.  Cardiovascular  disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women. One in every three deaths in the United States is from heart disease and stroke – some 2,200 deaths per day. Those sobering statistics underscore why knowing where to go for cardiovascular care is just as important as knowing the symptoms of heart disease and stroke.  When you need heart care, how can you make sure your heart is in good hands?








Look to independent healthcare rating organizations.

More people trust their hearts to Memorial Hermann than any other health system in Greater Houston.  And for good reason.  Memorial Hermann hospitals have been widely recognized for their exceptional heart and stroke care by various ratings agencies and associations. For instance, four Memorial Hermann hospitals – Memorial Hermann Greater Heights HospitalMemorial Hermann Southeast HospitalMemorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital – recently were collectively named among the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in an annual national study conducted by Truven Health Analytics.TM 

Notably, the four have been named among the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® five times and the 50 top Cardiovascular Hospitals seven times. Why is this recognition important to healthcare consumers looking for topnotch cardiovascular care?

“This recognition means that families can have comfort that their loved ones will have the best of care when they go a Memorial Hermann hospital for cardiovascular care,” said M. Michael Shabot, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System. “It also demonstrates the outstanding dedication these hospitals have shown to patient safety, patient-centered quality care and positive outcomes.

“Truven is known for establishing the highest benchmarks attainable and recognizing only those who can meet extremely high standards,” Shabot continued. “We are extremely proud of these hospitals for raising the bar on great care.”

The Accolades Keep Coming.

Here are some other impressive accolades for heart care.

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center is accredited as a Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center, a prestigious recognition granted to hospitals with coordinated systems of care for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarctions, or STEMI, the deadliest form of heart attack.  To receive accreditation, hospitals must meet several stringent standards, including maintaining the expertise, facilities and equipment to perform percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, around-the-clock, and coordinating with emergency medical services to provide immediate treatment when STEMI patients arrive. For two consecutive years, the Heart & Vascular received the Mission Lifeline: STEMI Receiving Center Gold Award, presented by the American Heart Association recognizing the Institute’s success in implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vasculate Institute -Southwest received the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. This is the second year in a row the hospital has received the award recognizing its commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. The award also signifies that Memorial Hermann Southwest has reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the ACC/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations. The hospital also received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Memorial City was awarded the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) highest rating of three stars for quality related to Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG), or heart bypass surgery. The STS comprehensive rating system compares the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country, and only 10% of hospitals nationwide received this year’s STS 3-star rating.

Memorial Hermann Northeast was named a Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus hospital by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

Memorial Hermann Katy  was awarded “The Joint Commission‘s Gold Seal for Chest Pain.” Hospitals earning this distinction must  meet three areas to achieve certification:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patient populations
  • Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the chest pain patient population (a minimum of two performance measures must be clinical in nature).

Fighting and preventing heart disease and stroke starts with education and understanding the risks. But education must be followed by action. So, get moving!

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