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Baptist Health Deaconess earns recognition for efforts to improve cardiovascular treatment

The American Heart Association presents multiple Achievement Awards for implementation of quality care for patients

Madisonville, KY (Sept. 23, 2021) — Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville has received two 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, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

“Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after cardiovascular events,” said Robert Ramey, president of Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville “The Get with the Guidelines program helps put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients.”

“By having tele-neurology services available in our facility, we are able to keep most patients that are experiencing a stroke or stroke-related incident close to home and help get them treatment faster, resulting in better outcomes,” added Ramey.

This year, Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville received the following Achievement Awards:

  • Stroke- Bronze Achievement Award
  • Stroke- Silver Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Achievement Award

“We are pleased to recognize Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, 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 Get with the Guidelines
Get with the Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that 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 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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