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Friday, December 18, 2015

Franciscan St. Francis Health strikes ‘Gold’ twice for heart failure, stroke care

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis has received national recognition for its delivery of care to heart failure and stroke patients.

The hospital recently earned Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guideline for patients with heart failure.

According to the AHA, about 5.7 million adult Americans suffer from heart failure with an estimated 870,000 new cases diagnosed annually. However, heart failure patients can lead full lives when their conditions are managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

At the same time, Franciscan St. Francis also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This acknowledges the hospital’s commitment and success to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment, according to nationally recognized guidelines.

Additionally, the AHA reports Franciscan St. Francis has met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center for the rapid diagnosis and treatment related to patient care.

The association also reminds the public that stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and leading cause of adult disability in the United States.