Mercy Health-Springfield recognized by the American Heart Association

Mercy Health-Springfield Regional Medical Center was recently recognized by the American Heart Association for efforts to speed up the recovery of and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

The hospital recently received the association’s Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence,” said a news release from Mercy Health.

Springfield Regional also earned recognition on the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. Those that qualify are required to meet specific criteria with the goal of improving medication adherence, providing early follow-up care and coordinating and enhancing patient education, the news release added.

“Heart failure is a notoriously difficult condition to manage and we partner with our patients to help them not just live but thrive with this condition,” said Springfield Regional’s president Adam Groshans.

Springfield Regional earned its recent recognitions by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. Those included the evaluation of proper use of medications as well as aggressive risk-education therapies, according to the news release.

More than 6.5 million adults in the country are living with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association.

“Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions,” the news release added.

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