Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular Treatment

September 21, 2021

Beverly and Gloucester, MA – Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals has received three American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

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 Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant in Get With The Guidelines programs, Beverly & Addison Gilbert Hospitals applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

“The ability to have accessible high-quality medical care is critical when it comes to addressing cardiovascular events, and these awards highlight the unwavering commitment of the caregivers at Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals to helping our patients achieve the best possible health outcomes,” said Tom Sands, president of Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals. “Being honored by the American Association for providing excellent cardiovascular care to our patients further recognizes our team’s hard work.”

This year, Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals received the following Achievement Awards:

  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll- A national honor roll program for hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines (HF, Stroke) to reinforce evidence-based guidelines with hospitals that qualify for a Silver level or higher achievement award in the related Get With The Guidelines module. These hospitals must be able to demonstrate at least 90% compliance for 12 consecutive months (calendar year) for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score” measure in the selected module.
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll – Elite- These hospitals, in addition to their achievement of Gold or Silver, are recognized for 75% or higher performance in Time to IV thrombolytic therapy in 60 minutes or less.
  • Get With The Guidelines - Stroke: Gold Plus Achievement- These hospitals are recognized for two or more consecutive calendar years of 85% or higher adherence on all achievement measures applicable and 75% or higher adherence with additional select quality measures in stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Beverly & Addison Gilbert Hospitals for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., FAHA, FAAN, FANA, national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Vice President of Virtual Care, Director of the Center for Telehealth, 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.”

About Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals

Beverly Hospital is a full-service 223-bed community hospital founded in 1888 that serves more than 13 communities across Massachusetts’ North Shore and Cape Ann. With a medical staff of more than 500 physicians, the hospital provides quality, patient-centered care in maternity, pediatrics, surgical, orthopedics and cardiology, as well as other specialties.

Addison Gilbert Hospital is a 52-bed community hospital located in Gloucester, MA. Since its founding in 1889, Cape Ann residents have turned to the hospital when they needed care. Specialties include radiology, cancer care, pain management, cardiology, chronic disease management, inpatient geriatric services and emergency medicine.

Beverly and Addison Gilbert Hospitals are a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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