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ENMMC earns national recognition for efforts


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Eastern New Mexico Medical Center has been recognized as a Primary Stroke Center by the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and the Joint Commission, according to a press release issued recently by the hospital. ENMMC also received three American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care.

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, ENMMC applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

“Eastern New Mexico Medical Center 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 Warren Yehl, CEO of ENMMC. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get with the Guidelines programs help put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients.”

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This year, ENMMC received the following Achievement Awards: Silver Plus; Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll; and Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

“We are pleased to recognize Eastern New Mexico Medical Center 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.”

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