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The award from The American Heart Association shows MMC’s commitment to quality AFIB care
PORTLAND, Maine – Maine Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Gold Quality Achievement Award, the highest level possible for high quality management of atrial fibrillation in patients.
To receive a Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Gold Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must show that they meet AHA criteria for treating the kind of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation for at least 24 consecutive months. These include providing appropriate medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies as a way of preventing stroke, stabilizing the heart rate and rhythm and treating additional heart disease. Before discharge, patients should also receive education and counseling on managing their condition and plans on follow-up care.
“This is a great recognition for Maine Medical Center’s cardiovascular providers and staff,” said Andrew Corsello, MD, Medical Director of Electrophysiology at MMC. “The MMC Cardiovascular Institute is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with atrial fibrillation by implementing the AFIB initiative.”
“We are pleased to recognize Maine Medical Center for their commitment to atrial fibrillation care,” said Eric E. Smith, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 2.7 million adults suffer from atrial fibrillation. The condition accounts for about one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance and is associated with a five-fold increase risk of stroke. Proper treatment of atrial fibrillation can reduce these risks.
About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 8,700 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.
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