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MemorialCare earns national recognition for efforts to improve cardiovascular, diabetes and stroke treatment

MemorialCare has received three American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Gold Plus Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular and stroke patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital. MemorialCare has also received four American Heart Association outpatient program awards in recognition for their commitment to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke through improving type 2 diabetes and blood pressure management.

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 Get With The Guidelines programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant in Get With The Guidelines programs, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center and MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

This year, MemorialCare’s northernmost hospital based in Los Angeles County, Long Beach Medical Center, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Achievement Award and the Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Achievement Award.

“As healthcare professionals, our mission is to always strive to offer the best care, and do the very best for our patients,” said Ike Mmeje, chief operating officer, Long Beach Medical Center. “Awards such as these are a reminder of our patient-centric values and connection to our purpose.”

In addition, MemorialCare’s southernmost hospital in South Orange County, Saddleback Medical Center, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Achievement Award.

“It is a privilege to receive this award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association and it reflects the hard work and dedication that our clinical staff provides every day to our patients in an effort to strive for excellent cardiovascular care,” said Catherine Shitara, chief operating officer, Saddleback Medical Center. “The Get with the Guidelines programs help put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for cardiovascular and stroke patients.”

Saddleback Medical Center has been at award level since 2013 and Gold Plus since 2014. Long Beach Medical Center has been at award level since 2008, Gold since 2009 and Gold Plus since 2010.

“We are pleased to recognize MemorialCare’s Long Beach Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s 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.”

MemorialCare’s affiliated medical groups, Greater Newport Physicians and MemorialCare Medical Group also received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠ Gold and the Target: BP™ Silver recognitions from the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association (AMA). Greater Newport Physicians and MemorialCare Medical Group have been at award level since 2020.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association for our ongoing dedication to help patients who choose us for cardiac care,” said Mark Schafer, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, MemorialCare Medical Foundation. “These achievements are a testament to the unparalleled level of quality care and services that we strive to provide to our patients every day.”

“Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health – and critical today since heart disease and strokes continue to be a leading cause of death for Americans,” James Langabeer, Ph.D., FAHA, volunteer expert for the American Heart Association and Professor and Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine with McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). “We are pleased to recognize MemorialCare for their commitment to managing the risk factors for patients around critical risk factors like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.”

This article was released by the MemorialCare Health System.