August 21, 2018

CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital Named to Aetna Institutes of Quality® for Cardiac Medical Intervention, Cardiac Rhythm, Cardiac Surgery Program

Bryan, TX, August 20, 2018 — CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital has been named to Aetna Institutes of Quality® for its Cardiac Medical Intervention, Cardiac Rhythm and Cardiac Surgery program.

IOQ facilities show excellence in care and a commitment to continuous improvement, as well as offer an exceptional value to Aetna members. Aetna recognizes IOQ facilities in its online provider directory, enabling members to choose facilities that give consistently high-quality and high-value care.

The IOQ Oversight Committee generally reviews programs every three years for continued designation.

To become an Aetna IOQ facility, Regional’s cardiac program had to meet a threshold for the number of procedures performed in the past year, meet evidence-based and recognized standards for clinical outcomes, processes of care and patient safety, have a track record for follow-up programs and support following patients’ initial treatment and demonstrate low complication and readmission rates.

“Becoming an IOQ for Aetna signifies our commitment to comprehensive, evidence-based care for cardiac patients here in our community,” said Dr. Ricardo Gutierrez, Medical Director of the CHI St. Joseph Health Cardiovascular Service Line. “We’re proud to offer comprehensive cardiac care, including follow-up care that supports positive outcomes.’

About CHI St. Joseph Health: CHI St. Joseph Health offers the region’s first Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation accreditation from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, the highest accreditation offered by these credentialing agencies. CHI SJH has also offered an Advanced Primary Stroke Center since 2007 and is the region’s only provider of endovascular treatment, meaning the stroke team is able to treat patients within a larger window of time following onset of symptoms. The Heart Failure and Coumadin Clinic supports heart patients in follow-up and urgent care and provides tools and resources to assist patients in their transition from the hospital to home.

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July 12, 2018

CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital Earns American Heart Association Awards for Heart Failure and Stroke Care

Bryan, TX, July 11, 2018 – The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association presented CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital (SJHRH) with four awards on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to compliance with quality measures and delivering rapid and life-saving medications and treatments to their patients.

  • Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor RollSM Elite Plus is an advanced level of recognition, acknowledging SJHRH for consistent compliance with Quality Measures embedded within the Patient Management Tool, and to qualify for Target: Stroke Honor RollSM Elite Plus, SJHRH had to meet quality measures also associated with rapid delivery of stroke medication and treatment. The SJHRH ream bet the program’s highest standard, giving tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat stroke, within one hour to more than 75 of acute stroke patients.
  • Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes SJHRH’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients always receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is to speeding up recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
  • Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Bronze Achievement Award is awarded for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of NSTEMI heart attack patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed.
  • Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center – Bronze Plus Award is awarded for implementing measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. This means that SJHRH meets very specific standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

The SJHRH stroke program was the first Joint-Commission-accredited Primary Stroke Center in the Brazos Valley, the hospital is the only hospital in the region that offers endovascular treatment for stroke patients. This means that the hospital is able to successfully treat stroke patients up to twenty four hours following the initial onset of symptoms. This also marks the third consecutive year that SJHRH has won awards for stroke care.

As the region’s first dedicated heart failure clinic, SJHRH offers some of the most advanced heart failure treatments. This marks the second consecutive year that the hospital has won awards for heart failure care, but the first year to win the silver award.

Get With the Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. This program is used widely by more than 1,500 hospitals across the country, including many CHI hospitals.

About CHI St. Joseph Health: Since 1936 CHI St. Joseph Health has been caring for the communities of Bryan, College Station, Brenham, Hearne, Navasota, Caldwell, Madisonville and Bellville. With the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, the first Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center and the first accredited Chest Pain Center in the Brazos Valley, CHI St. Joseph Health is a leader in critical care and the largest provider of cardiovascular care in the region.

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