July 13 2009 - MFH Tyler Recognized For Quality And Stroke Care

For Immediate Release

July 13, 2009

Contact:
John Moore
Media Relations
(903) 531-4542
moorej@tmfhs.org

MOTHER FRANCES HOSPITAL-TYLER RECOGNIZED FOR IMPLEMENTING QUALITY CARDIAC AND STROKE CARE

TYLER, TX -- The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) are recognizing Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients using the association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) program. Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler joins 518 other hospitals being featured in the July 21st “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.

Upon meeting each module’s criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85 percent of their cardiac or stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s recommendations.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler's commitment and success in performance achievement.

“We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report to recognize Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Rhonda Long, Vice President, Trinity Mother Frances Neuroscience and Heart Institutes. “Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients.”

“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., national chairman, Get With The Guidelines steering committee and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “The program makes it easier for hospitals like Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler to provide appropriate evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients.”

About Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

Trinity Mother Frances has received The Joint Commission's Disease Specific Certification as an Acute Primary Stroke Center, offering acute primary and comprehensive state-of-the-art stroke care. Trinity Mother Frances was recognized by AHA/ASA with bronze, silver and gold awards for two years of sustained exceptional care and outcomes in stroke care.

Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital-Jacksonville, Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital, affiliated with HealthSouth, and Trinity Clinic. Trinity Clinic is the area's preferred multispecialty medical group, with over 250 physicians and mid-level providers representing 37 specialties in 34 clinic locations serving east Texas. For more information on services available through Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, visit tmfhs.org.

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