Christiana Care Health System’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health has been recognized … times three … by the American Heart Association (AHA) for exceeding national standards in the treatment of heart attacks, heart failure and strokes.
Christiana Care received the AHA’s “Get With The Guidelines” Gold Performance Achievement Award for Heart Attack and Heart Failure. Both awards recognize that Christiana Care reached an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology.
In addition, Christiana Care received the American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the organization’s success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care for at least 90 days, according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
“Not only is Christiana Care Health System turning Guidelines into Lifelines,” noted Jonathan Kirsh, Advocacy Director for the Delaware AHA, “but by receiving this award, you are demonstrating tangible evidence of your hard work and commitment to saving lives through Delaware.”
Accepting the awards on behalf of each honored team were Dr. Mitchell Saltzberg, medical director of the Heart Failure program, Dr. Ehsanaur Rahman, associate chief of Cardiology representing the Heart Attack/Myocardial Infection team, and Dr. Anthony Munson, medical director of Christiana Care’s Stroke program.
Dr. Timothy Gardner, medical director for the Center for Heart & Vascular Health, made special note of the nursing team’s role in earning these awards. “The key is our nursing team,” said Dr. Gardner, “and all work in patient care and education you do. You are truly the bedrock of this program.”