Parkwest Medical Center earns national recognition for efforts to improve cardiovascular treatment

Parkwest Medical Center has received two American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.Gold Plus logo Gold logo

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant in Mission: Lifeline® programs, Parkwest Medical Center applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how our organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our team’s dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after cardiovascular events,” said Neil Heatherly, president and chief administrative officer of Parkwest Medical Center. “I appreciate my team’s commitment and dedication to providing excellent cardiac care.”

This year, Parkwest Medical Center received the following Achievement Awards:

  • Mission: Lifeline® – STEMI Receiving Center – Gold Plus
  • Mission: Lifeline® – NSTEMI – Gold

“We are pleased to recognize Parkwest Medical Center for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”


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