Outstanding Performance by SIH Hospitals

July 8th, 2016

Both Memorial Hospital of Carbondale and Herrin Hospital were recently recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The organization outlines a set of best practice protocols for hospitals to follow. When hospitals like SIH hospitals, consistently implement these best practice measures, you can count on a higher quality of care.

This past month, the hospitals received a number of recognitions for treatment of heart and stroke issues:

Memorial Hospital:

  • Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Get With The Guidelines® AFib Bronze Quality Achievement Award
  • Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Gold Recognition Award (Heart Attack)
  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Herrin Hospital:

  • Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Mission: Lifeline Receiving Center Gold Recognition Award (Heart Attack)
  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll

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The longer the hospital has been actively collecting data and implementing the guidelines, is reflected in whether they received the Bronze, Silver or Gold recognitions.

First Recognition for Excellence in AFib Management

This is the first time an SIH facility was recognized for its efforts in AFib management.

Behind the scenes, program coordinators work with hospital staff to identify patients admitted for atrial fibrillation (AFib). Then, the goal is to consistently apply best practices to help those cardiac patients.

“The focus is to help patients transition back into the community with proper medications, resources and education,” said Vicki Miller, program coordinator.

Patients with AFib can be frequent visitors to the Emergency Department if their conditions are not managed. “Adhering to the best practices set forth by the American Heart Association helps keep them out of the hospital and living a better life.”