ARLINGTON, Texas — Multiple Texas Health hospitals and joint ventures were recently recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) for their advanced care of heart attack, heart failure and stroke patients.
Nine facilities were recognized with Mission: Lifeline® awards for heart attack treatment, and seven received Get With The Guidelines® awards for stroke, heart failure, and diabetes care.
With someone dying of stroke every 3 minutes and 30 seconds in the U.S., it comes as no surprise that stroke ranks No. 5 among all causes of death, according to the American Heart Association. And nationwide, cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer combined.
“When it comes to cardiovascular disease and stroke, Texas Health is committed to partnering with North Texans for a lifetime of care. We’re ready and willing to address the most complex cases by offering advanced technologies and compassionate care,” said Kirk King, Texas Health's executive vice president and Hospital Channel chief operating officer.
“I’m pleased our facilities have been recognized for their excellence by the American Heart Association.”
The AHA awards recognize facilities for their commitment to treatment guidelines and quality improvement. The awards for heart attack care were based on participation and achievement in the Mission: Lifeline program which is subcategorized by STEMI and NSTEMI.
- STEMI stands for ST elevation myocardial infarction, a lethal type of heart attack that involves full blockage of the coronary artery.
- NSTEMI is a non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, which is normally less damaging to the heart and is a partial blockage of the coronary artery or blockage of a minor heart blood vessel.
This year's recipients of the Mission: Lifeline (STEMI) award include:
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford — Gold Plus Receiving award level
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth — Silver Plus Receiving award level
- Texas Health Heart & Vascular Hospital Arlington (joint venture) — Gold Plus Receiving award level
- Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South (joint venture) — Gold Plus Receiving award level
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas — Gold Plus Receiving award level
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton — Gold Plus Receiving award level
- Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano — Gold Plus Receiving award level
This year's recipients of the Mission: Lifeline (NSTEMI) award include:
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance — Bronze award level
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth — Gold award level
- Texas Health Heart & Vascular Arlington — Gold award level
- Texas Health HEB — Gold award level
- Texas Health Dallas — Gold award level
- Texas Health Plano — Gold award level
- Texas Health Southwest — Gold award level
Commitment to Stroke Care
The Get With The Guidelines® awards recognize a hospital's commitment to providing stroke and heart failure treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
To earn Get With The Guidelines® recognition, hospitals must meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and heart failure patients at a designated level for a set period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with current, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
Receiving the Get With The Guidelines Stroke and Heart Failure awards for 2022 were:
- Texas Health Arlington Memorial — Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll award levels
- Texas Health Dallas — Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll award levels
- Texas Health Denton — Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll award levels
- Texas Health Fort Worth — Gold Plus, Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll and Target Stroke Advanced Therapy Honor Roll award levels
- Texas Health Heart & Vascular Arlington — Gold Plus and Target Heart Failure Honor Roll award levels
- Texas Health H-E-B — Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll award levels
- Texas Health Plano — Gold Plus and Target Stroke Elite Honor Roll award levels
Three Texas Health facilities received additional recognition earning the AHA’s Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, which focuses on facilities providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when those living with Type 2 diabetes are hospitalized for stroke.
Receiving the Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ award were:
- Texas Health Dallas
- Texas Health Denton
- Texas Health H-E-B
About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.