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Published on October 08, 2020

Nash UNC Health Care recognized for Heart, Stroke Careheart awards 2020

Nash UNC Health Care received multiple awards and recognitions from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, maintaining its accreditations with these organizations for excellence in heart and stroke care.

The awards include the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline for both Gold STEMI Receiving and Gold NSTEMI, as well as “Get With the Guidelines” — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, which includes two additional recognitions, Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

To earn both Mission: Lifeline Gold STEMI Receiving and Gold NSTEMI, Nash UNC Health Care had to meet specific criteria and performance standards geared toward increasing the quality and timeliness of care for heart attack and pre-heart attack patients. 

“Despite the effects COVID-19 has had on our hospital 

these last few months, our medical staff and employees have worked hard to maintain the same high standard of care for every patient entering our facilities,” said Dr. L. Lee Isley, president and CEO of Nash UNC Health Care. “These awards and recognitions can assure our community that we have provided, and continue to provide, consistent, fast, and quality health care.” 

Dr. Michael Yeung, an interventional cardiologist with UNC Cardiology at Nash, and the medical director for the Nash Heart Center, explained, “We are very proud of the great family that we have at Nash. From the cath lab technicians to our nurses and physicians, everyone has been integral to the success of our program. We are thrilled to continue receiving the highest award for STEMI and NSTEMI care for the fourth year in a row, and it speaks to the hard work that everyone puts in to make it happen.”

According to the American Heart Association, the Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge.

Isley explained how Nash UNC has not only maintained these high standards of heart care, but has also expanded the service offerings for heart care patients this past year.

“Within the last year, we have moved our cardiology practice and cardiac rehab facility into a newly renovated building to better serve our community’s needs, opened a heart failure clinic within the cardiology practice, and hired an additional cardiologist to the team who specializes in heart failure,” said Isley.

As for the stroke program, Mary K. Baker, stroke program coordinator at Nash UNC Health Care,

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 said the stroke program has also grown and maintained its excellence in care.

“For the past three years, the stroke program at Nash UNC has received the “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke” Gold Plus Quality and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Achievement Awards. These awards recognize that Nash UNC is ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence,” said Baker. “The program has also received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognition, a newly founded award that the ASA developed recognizing the different standards of care for those with diabetes and how our hospital can effectively treat those patients.”

To qualify for this recognition, Nash UNC had to meet specific quality measures for 12 consecutive months.

“The diversity of the awards given to the stroke program this year are the direct results from our team members who work to make sure every patient receives the best stroke care the moment they enter our facility,” said Baker. “Our team worked hard to implement these high standards of care, and we are proud of the work they are doing.”